BBC Stargazing Live presenter Mark Thompson rescues three vehicles, including an ambulance, during heavy snowfall in Fressingfield
A BBC TV presenter spent almost six hours rescuing vehicles – including an ambulance on an emergency call – that became stuck in heavy snow near Fressingfield last week.
Mark Thompson, author and co-presenter of the BBC’s Stargazing Live, had responded to East Anglian Ambulance Service’s appeal for people with 4x4 vehicles to be on call to help stuck vehicles, as much of Norfolk was blanketed with snow.
On the evening of Sunday February 7, he was called into action after a paramedic, who was driving a regular car, became stuck in Fressingfield.
However, in almost comic book-style fashion, the Harleston resident found himself having to juggle rescuing multiple people in distress, as another car was also stuck, blocking his access to the paramedic.
Describing the event to Radio Norfolk, Mr Thompson said: “I got a call at about 8pm, annoyingly just as I’d got in the bath, because a paramedic had got stuck after his car had gone off the road near Fressingfield.
“By the time I got near, another member of the public had got their car stuck, so I spent the best part of an hour trying to shift them out of the way, which involved lots of digging and a tow rope.”
After finally getting the member of the public back on to the road, he discovered that the paramedic had abandoned their car and hopped into a passing ambulance that was taking a patient to hospital.
However, moments later, Mr Thompson was back in action as that very ambulance – on its way to hospital – found itself stuck, too.
After rescuing the ambulance and seeing it off, he turned his focus to a third vehicle – the paramedic’s car he was initially called out to save in the first place.
“I finally got him out of the ditch and back on to the A140,” added Mr Thompson.
By 2am, all three cars were rescued, but he then found himself stuck on the way back to Harleston for three hours – finally getting back to his – presumably cold – bath at 5am the next day.
He added: “There were so many impassable roads and cars that had tried and got stuck. While that is annoying for the individuals involved, it also poses problems for ambulances and the emergency services trying to get through.”
A regular contributor on Good Morning Britain, Mr Thompson was also a presenter on The One Show between 2009 and 2011.