Dramatic rescue as British resident gets swept away by floodwaters

Dramatic rescue as British resident gets swept away by floodwaters

A British woman experienced moments of sheer terror yesterday after the car she was driving careered off the road between Monchique and Portimão and plunged into the fast moving waters of Ribeira de Boina.
If it had not been for the swift response of two Portuguese men, the 58-year-old woman may well have been swept downstream as her car disappeared below the surface.
“She was losing strength by the time I reached out to grab her,” Orlando Duarte told Correio da Manhã.
“She had been screaming for help, in English,” friend Rui Francisco told the paper.
The two men had been in a house near the Rasmalho area of the waterway when they heard a “huge bang” and went outside to investigate.
They told CM how they had to cut their way through reeds and bamboo to reach the woman who, at the time was still in the car, surrounded by swirling waters.
“I told her not to open the door as otherwise water would get in” explained Rui Francisco. “But she was desperate to get out, and then got swept into some rushes.”
Reportedly suffering from hypothermia by the time she was pulled to safety, the woman was taken by ambulance to Portimão Hospital.
Meantime, her Renault 5 is understood to have been recovered by firemen 200 metres downstream.