Firefighters were called out to rescue a man from Buttsbury Wash today, only a day after they had rescued a motorist from the same location.

When firefighters arrived at the incident, they reported the man was stuck in his vehicle which was trapped in approximately four foot of water.

Firefighters used an inflatable sledge to rescue the man and bring him to safety.

He was rescued by 10:10am.

A spokesman from the fire service said: "Every year the fire service rescues dozens of motorists who find themselves trapped after driving into flood water on the roads.

"These drivers not only risk the lives of themselves and their passengers they also tie up fire crews and rescue teams who could be needed elsewhere.

"Motorists should not attempt to drive through flood waters which will reach more than half of their car wheels.

"Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars.

"This depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water enters the car and damages the mechanical and electric components.

"When confronted with floodwater the best thing to do is to stop and find an alternative route."