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Rescue mission after spot of late night river gazing lands driver and passengers in deep waters

A cab driver and two passengers got stuck in the mud banks on River Thames slipway

Rescue mission after cab gets stuck in the mud near River Thames slipway in Isleworth(Image: @MPSHounslow)

A rescue mission was launched after three people got themselves into a sticky situation which almost landed them in deep waters.

Two mini cab passengers and a driver nearly became submerged in the River Thames after an early morning river gazing mishap on Wednesday (September 27).

The driver had a drop off in Swan Street in Isleworth at around 1am when the pair asked to get a closer look at London's famous river.

From then on it was a slippery slope for the trio as the driver drove further along the road, over a ridge and slid down a muddy slipway down to the waterfront.

The passengers got more than they bargained for as a rescue mission was sent out after the car got stuck and the driver was unable steer back onto the flat road.

To prevent the car from slipping closer to the river, the driver had to put all his weight on the brake.

Firefighters along with officers from Hounslow Police attended the scene.

Fire crews used a winch on the front of a fire engine to pull the car back onto the road.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said there were no reports of any injuries but has warned drivers not to get too close to the river.

A LFB spokesman said: “The River Thames is a fantastic attraction but we would urge all drivers to not drive too close to the edge as the low tide can leave mud banks, the terrain may not necessarily be noticeable and you could end up in a sticky situation.”

The Brigade was called at 1.20am and the incident was over for by 1.47am.

Two fire engines and a fire rescue unit from Heston fire station attended the scene.

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