Lost driver stuck for hours in mud in West Sussex

An 82-year-old driver has been rescued nearly five hours after his car became stuck in mud.

The man was driving from Newhaven, East Sussex, towards his home in Dorset on Sunday night when he was diverted off the A27 at Chichester due to flooding.

He got lost and his Jaguar became stuck in mud in a West Sussex lane. He phoned Sussex Police at 22:40 GMT, and a search was launched.

The man was eventually found at about 03:30 GMT on Monday.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Due to the pitch black darkness, bad weather and the very isolated area, they could not find him and the battery on his mobile phone had gone flat.

"Meanwhile, officers in the police control room carried out a detailed analysis of electronic records from his call and managed to establish his exact whereabouts, enabling a ground unit to get to him."

The car was towed out of the mud by a police 4x4 and the man continued on his journey.

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