Wife gushes with pride in hero hubbie
THE proud wife of a Street resident who helped rescue a man from a submerged van has spoken of her husband's role in the rescue.
Neil Prettejohn, who works at Middleton Engineering in Meare, leapt into action when a van plunged into the river near Coldharbour Bridge at the end of July.
Mr Prettejohn had been chatting to Environment Agency engineers when the van veered off the road right in front of them, ending up in the river.
He jumped into the water, while the Environment Agency men dialled for the emergency services.
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He pulled the man out of his van, but could not get him out of the river, and held the man's head above water for 20 minutes while Environment Agency staff fashioned a make-shift stretcher out of a ladder, before helping them to get him out of the water.
"He just jumped right in," Sarah Prettejohn said.
"He kept the man talking, kept his head above water and when he finally came out of the water, he was covered in oil and water and freezing cold.
"He was so worried about the man involved in the accident that we drove back down to the river a little later on to talk to the emergency services, who were still there, and find out if he was alright.
"I'm very proud of him and I wanted people to know the whole story of what happened."