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That sinking feeling: Lucky escape for driver caught out by tidal surge ‘after ignoring road closure sign’

The car is pulled from the flood water near Salthouse. Picture: PC JON PARKER/TWITTER

The car is pulled from the flood water near Salthouse. Picture: PC JON PARKER/TWITTER

PC JON PARKER/TWITTER

There were dramatic scenes in north Norfolk as the driver was forced to climb onto the roof of the vehicle to escape after it became stuck in debris washed onto the road by the sea during the storm surge.

The main road through Salthouse was cut off by the sea after the storm surge. A sign in the distance warns of a duck crossing ahead. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAYThe main road through Salthouse was cut off by the sea after the storm surge. A sign in the distance warns of a duck crossing ahead. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A motorist had a lucky escape after his car got swept up in a tidal surge in north Norfolk on the unluckiest day of the year.

The Volkswagen Golf was travelling along the A149 coast road towards Cley when it ran into difficulty at Salthouse on Friday 13th around 11.25pm.

The driver had to climb onto the roof of the vehicle to escape after it became stuck in debris washed onto the road by the sea during the storm surge.

And, when he returned after raising the alarm, he found it filling up with water and it had to be recovered.

Police claim the driver ignored a road closure sign but confirmed no-one had been charged in connection with the incident.

Tweeting about the night-time drama, local PC Jon Parker said: “This driver thought he knew best and went past an unmanned road closure. Into flood water. Climed onto the roof to escape.”

The vehicle was eventually recovered around 2.15am on Saturday, however the road remained closed between Kelling and Cley on Monday morning.

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