The family of a man who drowned in 18 inches of water while rescue services took over three hours to recover his body have said they may seek injury compensation over the incident.
Father-of-three Karl Molton was flung into a ditch after being hit by a car as he walked home near Spalding, Lincolnshire.
A senior fire officer told his men not to use ropes and ladders to climb down the 15-foot bank after deciding it was too dangerous, while ten police officers attending the emergency also failed to rescue him as they could not swim.
The decision was eventually made to send for a water rescue team based more than 50 miles away, which took three hours to arrive.
Spalding Today reports that Mr Malton’s partner, Amanda Pheonix, is considering seeking injury compensation.
The case has echoes of an incident two years ago, in which a ten-year-old boy drowned in a Wigan pond while police support officers failed to save him.