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Trio rescued after downpour

PUBLISHED: 14:06 10 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

AS the heavens opened over Ipswich three men decided to test the theory that they really could walk … or should that be drive, on water!

Holywells Road fell victim to severe flash floods leaving an Ipswich Buses vehicle stranded.

AS the heavens opened over Ipswich three men decided to test the theory that they really could walk – or should that be drive – on water!

Holywells Road fell victim to severe flash floods leaving an Ipswich Buses

vehicle stranded.

However, this did not deter three

intrepid "sailors" and as onlookers

frantically waved them down they happily took on the flood … only to find out Mother Nature is beaten by no man.

The red Volvo and its three male

passengers travelled into the water and for a few seconds it looked like they might just make it to the other side of the murky wall of water.

It soon became clear they were going nowhere and onlookers could not help but raise a smile when the reversing lights came on in a vain attempt to get the car out.

Martin Frank, of Ipswich, watched as the three men finally gave in and resigned themselves to a watery ending.

"I couldn't believe it when they kept on going, they must have seen the bus that was already stuck," he said.

The three men soon got in to the spirit of things and before long they were on the car roof.

"Chuck us a rope," was the cry as they attempted to get someone to rescue them. When this proved fruitless they resorted to opening a box of chocolates and started their very own pool party shouting out: "Roses for all occasions".

Eventually a firm took pity on them and the men were rescued from their sinking ship by a digger truck from Hewden Plant Hire.

The driver who rescued the men said: "Let's just say I am the cavalry."

Wet and no doubt a little embarrassed, the driver of the car, who gave his name only as Glen from Ipswich, said: "I just saw a

puddle and thought we could get through.

"When we got in the water I realised we might have trouble but my mate kept telling me to carry on and that it would get more shallow.

"I really didn't know it was that deep, we always see puddles around here and I

didn't think this was any different."

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