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Brits Plunge Car Into Canal In Amsterdam's Red Light District

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Brits Plunge Car Into Canal In Amsterdam's Red Light District

Four British tourists accidentally plunged their car into a canal in Amsterdam's red light district.

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The four Brits ended up driving into the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal in at around 9.30pm.

The group had to be helped out of the canal by onlookers who dived in to ensure they got to safety. Fire fighters were able to lift the car out of the canal.

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Footage of the incident shows the back of the car poking out the water as some of the group try to climb on it - later the car becomes fully submerged and the men appear to be struggling in the water, before a man in a black top jumps into the canal to help.

According to police eight or nine people jumped into the water to help the occupants of the car.

Local residents have claimed the group were smoking cannabis and had been inhaling nitrous oxide before the car ended up in the water.

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Local TV station AT5 report one witness said: "I saw the police removing the empty laughing gas containers from the wreckage. They'd been in the car for several hours before. One of them nearly drowned because he was so high."

However, another witness told newspaper NU that one of them appeared to not be able to swim well 'and was completely stressed'.

According to the newspaper this man made it so difficult for his would-be rescuer that he ended up dragging him underwater, too.

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Three of the group managed to escape from the car by themselves, while the fourth had to be rescued as he was stuck inside the car.

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It's not known if police are investigating the incident and no updates have been given.

Earlier this month, a motorist in Mawgan Porth, near Newquay in Cornwall plunged his car from a 20ft cliff onto a packed beach below.

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Miraculously, no one was hurt in the incident.

In a tweet Devon and Cornwall police said: Just dealt with an incident where a #driver had failed to negotiate the corner to #MawganPorth.

"Lucky driver with minor injuries & lucky that no one was seriously injured on the beach.

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"Car and driver had quite a drop, #Beach users shocked!"

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Topics: World News

Claire Reid
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