TWO people trapped in high floodwaters were rescued by a specialist team of firefighters after becoming stuck.

Essex County Fire and Rescue dispatched a trained water rescue firefighter team after two individuals were trapped inside their car in floodwater, near Sporhams Lane, Bicknacre yesterday.

The emergency service was notified after a caller used the What Three Words application, to direct the control room to the incident, by using the words ‘standards, loosed, awestruck’.

Firefighters from Maldon and Chelmsford attended the scene, and both individuals were rescued by 2pm.

Essex County Fire and Rescue station manager Jason Gould said: “We’ve been receiving many calls into our control room about flooded roads and cars which need recovering.

“Please do not risk driving through floodwater. 

“It is often deeper than you think, and it really doesn’t take much water for your car to be severely damaged or for your car to float out of control, putting your life at risk. 

“If you come across a flooded road, don’t take any chances, turn around and find another route.”

When it comes to flood safety, it is advised motorists do not ignore any road closed signs they come across. 

If your vehicle does become stuck in flood water, you must remove your seatbelts and call for help immediately.

Always look at the river level gauge before trying to make a safe crossing through floodwaters.