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Video: Children Saved From Sinking Car In Essex
A woman who helped save several people trapped in a sinking car has told Sky News she knew she had to act quickly after realising there were three children trapped in the vehicle.
Hannah King, 22, and her friend Emma Burles, 26, pulled the children - aged four, six and eight - to safety after the Mitsubishi 4x4 got stuck driving through deep water under a railway bridge in Hockley, Essex.
"As soon as it went in, the water took it," Ms King told Sky News
"When it started sinking we could see there were kids in there and knew we had to get them out."
Dramatic footage filmed by a bystander shows the two women passing the children to a group of local boys who led them to safety.
Scott Swinford, who was driving the car with eight-year-old son Reece, his niece Jessica and nephew Alfie inside, said he thought his "monster truck" type vehicle could make it through the water.
But after finding himself in difficulty and trying to reverse out the vehicle was taken by the current and the wheels lost traction.
Ms King said the children were already up to their knees in water when she started to pull them out.
"The little girl was most scared I think. I couldn't get her seatbelt off at first, but they were okay once they were inside," she said.
Video footage of the rescue shows the vehicle largely submerged moments after the children were taken to safety.
After the children were taken inside to dry off, a police scuba team arrived at the scene believing people might still be trapped, Ms King said.
A user comment below the video of the rescue on Youtube said: "I would like to say a very very big thank you to all the people that helped rescue my Grandchildren & my Son-In-Law you were all brilliant thank you all again from the bottom of my heart you all done a fantastic job xxxxxx."
Heavy rain caused a number of roads to be flooded in Essex on Saturday and the fire service received more than 300 calls overnight.