Three-year-old girl rescued from freezing ditch

Police rescued a toddler and a woman from a car filling with water after the vehicle crashed into a ditch.

The incident happened in the village of South Milford near Selby, on the North/West Yorkshire border, at 5am on Tuesday morning, when the woman and three-year-old girl became trapped after their car ended up on its side.
Officers entered the water in temperatures estimated to be around -3 degrees to free the pair, who were described as ‘cold, scared but safe’ following the drama on Westfield Lane.

The brave police unit were coming to the end of a night shift with the force’s Roads Policing Unit when they were called into action.

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The victims were taken to Leeds General Infirmary as a precaution but were uninjured.

 The officers’ actions were praised by Acting Sergeant Mick Kilburn:

“This is reflective of the hard work and dedication that officers from West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit display on a daily basis. It was particularly brave of these two officers to go into this water-filled ditch to rescue the woman and child from the car and we are pleased that no-one suffered any serious injuries as a result of the accident. We are proud of our officers’ actions.”