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Elderly man calmly smokes pipe as car slowly sinks in fishing lake

Victoria Ward

Published 13/08/2015 | 10:31

Credit: Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service
Credit: Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

An elderly man calmly smoked a pipe in his car as it slowly sank in a lake, paramedics have revealed.

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The man, who has not been identified but is in his 80s, had gone to the lake to fish.

He accidentally drove his Ford Focus into the water but seemed unfazed by the dangers, calmly smoking the pipe as he awaited rescue.

Emergency services were called to Oakham Farm Pools in Loxley, Warwickshire, shortly before 3pm on Tuesday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "After his car ended up in the water, he smoked his pipe and chatted to the farmer who went into the lake in his waders.

"Firefighters carried him from his car back onto land.

"He wasn't hurt or even cold but ambulance crews removed his clothing to ensure he didn't get cold and he was driven home in the ambulance."

John Hutsby, who owns the farm, said: "This was the first time the gentleman had been to the site.

Credit: Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service
Credit: Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

"We had to meet him down by the gate to let him in and he started driving up to the lake.

"He must have saw some fisherman on the other side and started driving over to them thinking it was flat.

"But he went straight up the bank and into the pond - he must have took off.

"The fishermen said they heard an almighty splash but he was just sitting there and carried on smoking his pipe while the car sank.

"It went up to the car windows in the end but he just kept puffing away - completely unperturbed by what had happened."

Telegraph.co.uk

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