Brethren tackle 4ft drifts to rescue stranded motorists.
On the 22nd March a snow storm hit the South East of England. The snow and high winds caused great chaos on the roads right when many were returning home from work.
Motorists faced a night in their cars stuck in snow drifts, but thanks to the Rapid Relief Team from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church which was equipped with Landrovers, tow equipment, shovels and food, many were able to reach their homes.
One motorist who was well and truly stuck was particularly grateful to the RRT. He had been stuck for over 3 hours along with other motorists. He said “three other people had come along in 4×4 vehicles but being unable to reach us, they turned back leaving us helpless. However, when the Brethren Team arrived they set to work with shovels enabling the Landrovers to be hitched up one to another and eventually freed us”.
A member of the RRT who was involved in the rescue operation said “by the time we got to these cars they were buried in up to 4ft of snow. There were young children in one vehicle and a diabetic in another”. He said “we set out at 5pm and came across car after car, some with very distressed drivers. We managed to get all of them going on their journey again except for one who we took to a hotel”.
The following day there was still a lot of chaos on the roads, so a team from the Brethren went out again with a tractor which proved very useful in towing lorries to get roads clear.
As one member of the team said “it certainly took some doing, but we weren’t going to give up”.