Learner driver rescued from flood water in Cleadon after instructor told them to drive through it

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A learner driver and his instructor had to be rescued by firemen after getting stranded in flood water this morning.

Crews from Sunderland's Fulwell Station were called to Moor Lane in Cleadon where a male learner driver and his female instructor were stuck in a flood.

Crew Manager, Steve Howe, said they were called to the road at 8.45am today to rescue the stranded pair.

He said: "The water had flooded across the road and it was about 18ins deep. The instructor decided they could drive through it, but the car didn't."

Steve said the engine flooded and the car came to a halt with water flooding into the vehicle.

He said: "We waded across to make sure the occupants were alright and they were sitting with their feet up out of the water.

"We just pushed the car out of the flooded area to safety."

The crew manager said there were signs up warning of flooding along the road and he is urging people to take notice of these signs.

He said: "I would urge people to adhere to safety advice where road flood signs are in place. Not only is is dangerous, but it is a costly experience getting cars repaired."