Kelly Brinkman, Olivia Paolo Pereira with new baby Lillie

Picture copyright
Kelly Brinkman

Picture caption

Kelly Brinkman, Olivia, Paolo Pereira with new child Lillie

A brand new mom has thanked a lorry driver who carried her automobile over a flooded causeway whereas she was in labour.

Kelly Brinkman was in labour and ready for 3ft 6ins deep (1.2m) sea water to recede on The Strood Causeway from Mersea Island, Essex.

Justin Tacey, 45, provided to place her automobile on his lorry and drive throughout.

Mr Tacey inched by means of the rising tide to get her on the street to hospital, the place her breech child lady was delivered by Caesarean part.

Ms Brinkman and companion Paolo Pereira had pushed to completely different locations to get off the island final Thursday however had been prevented by the excessive tide.

Media playback is unsupported in your machine

Media captionA lorry driver helped Kelly Brinkman get to hospital

Picture copyright

Picture caption

Lorry driver Justin Tacey helped Kelly Brinkman whereas she was in labour

Ms Brinkman stated: “I’m simply so grateful to Justin. He in all probability saved the child’s life as a result of she was in a breech place and effectively on her approach. The one approach to save her was a Caesarean part.

“We’ve named her Lillie. She is now fantastic however all the time hungry and joins her sister Olivia.”

Mr Tacey, who works for Emmitt Plant at Diss in Norfolk, stated he had been on the island making a supply and was ready for the coastguard to let him cross again over the causeway.

“I seen a person trying panicky on the telephone and we acquired chatting,” he stated.

“He stated his companion was in labour and he was apprehensive because it seemed like a protracted watch for the tide to go down.”

Picture copyright
Kelly Brinkman

Picture caption

The view as Ms Brinkman travelled over the flooded causeway

Mr Tacey stated he spoke to the coastguard crew and advised he might carry the couple’s Ford Kuga by means of the water on the again of his lorry.

“It took about 5 minutes to cross the half mile causeway slowly and thoroughly,” he added.

West Mersea Coastguard additionally paid tribute to Mr Tacey, calling him a “true gentleman”.