Posted: 09/01/2018 at 12:09
Nice story on BBC website.
'True gent' lorry driver gets pregnant woman to hospital in Essex1 hour agoShare this withFacebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Image copyrightKELLY BRINKMANImage captionKelly Brinkman, Olivia, Paolo Pereira with new baby Lillie
A new mother has thanked a lorry driver who carried her car over a flooded causeway while she was in labour.
Kelly Brinkman was in labour and waiting for 3ft 6ins deep (1.2m) sea water to recede on The Strood Causeway from Mersea Island, Essex.
Justin Tacey, 45, offered to put her car on his lorry and drive across.
Mr Tacey inched through the rising tide to get her on the road to hospital, where her breech baby girl was delivered by Caesarean section.
Ms Brinkman and partner Paolo Pereira had driven to different places to get off the island last Thursday but were prevented by the high tide.
Ms Brinkman said: "I am just so grateful to Justin. He probably saved the baby's life because she was in a breech position and well on her way. The only way to save her was a Caesarean section.
"We have named her Lillie. She is now fine but always hungry and joins her sister Olivia."
Image copyrightRNLIImage captionThe high tide on the Strood has caught out drivers in the past
Mr Tacey, who works for Emmitt Plant at Diss in Norfolk, said he had been on the island making a delivery and was waiting for the coastguard to let him cross back over the causeway.
"I noticed a man looking panicky on the phone and we got chatting," he said.
"He said his partner was in labour and he was worried as it looked like a long wait for the tide to go down."
Mr Tacey said he spoke to the coastguard team and suggested he could carry the couple's Ford Kuga through the water on the back of his lorry.
"It took about five minutes to cross the half mile causeway slowly and carefu