BBC crew stranded by snow is safe

Jon Kay reporting on location in Mendips A snowbound Jon Kay on the Ten O'Clock News: 'I don't have dandruff,' he posted on Twitter.

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Reporter Jon Kay is safe and well after getting trapped in a snowstorm while reporting for the national news.

The West of England correspondent got swept up in the news story he was reporting on when his BBC television crew got trapped by fast-falling snow near Bristol on Tuesday night.

Bristol-based Kay was on location in the Mendips, to report on severe weather for the Six and Ten O'Clock News, when he realised he was stuck in a remote location.

Cameraman Andy Alcroft and senior operator Phil Morse were stranded with Kay in a pub car park with their satellite truck.

Many local people were also caught out in the blizzard-like conditions. Kay said there were still dozens of abandoned vehicles on the A39 through Somerset.

'Idiots like us'
Sluijmers family The BBC crew's rescuers

'We didn't realise just how thick and quickly [snow] would settle,' Kay told Ariel from the Mendips Hills on Wednesday afternoon. 'It got incredibly deep.'

Kay and his colleagues realised they would not be able to leave their location before filing a piece for the Ten O'Clock News on Tuesday. They had also filed stories for Points West and the BBC Somerset website.

The three-man team retreated to the comfort and warmth of the pub where they had 'a beer, a think and made a couple of phone calls'.

The crew managed to get in touch with a local farming family, who offered them shelter for the night.

The Sluijmers appeared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning. Kay asked his rescuers: 'Be honest, what do you think of idiots like us who get stuck and make foolish mistakes like this and you have to help them out?'

The response was short: 'I suppose it's your job.'


Earlier in the segment, presenter Susanna Reid had put Kay on the spot by asking the obvious question: 'Did you not read the forecast, Jon!?'

Sounding a bit weary, Kay chuckled, 'We thought we'd be safe.'

Pints Comfort came in the shape of three pints

The team confirmed they all had overnight clothes with them and slept in the same room. Morse, apparently, bagged the only double bed.

Kay has been updating his 8,000 Twitter followers with his plight and has posted several pictures of the wintry conditions.

He reassured his followers, many of whom had seen him battling thick snow on the news, that he doesn't have dandruff.

The team, confirmed Kay, will be able make it back to their base tonight because the roads have gradually cleared.

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