Hardy woman, 93, in car rescue
Published: May 15, 2006 | 4141st good news item since 2003
A remarkable 93-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after being found trapped in an overturned car a day and a half after she went missing.
Rescue services say it was unlikely Phyllis James, who is deaf, would have survived another night had she not been discovered by a landowner.
Her car was found on Saturday night off the A470 near Builth Wells.
Mrs James failed to arrive at Llandrindod Wells, Powys, after leaving a relative’s house in Newport.
A police spokesman described her as being “perky,” adding: “She must be very hardy for 93.”
Rescue services said Mrs James’ car had careered down an embankment into dense woodland and undergrowth and hit a tree.
The landowner had been checking the fields just before dusk and found Mrs James trapped beneath the vehicle.
Rescue services said it was remarkable that she had survived overnight beneath the car.
David Sheppard from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “If it was not for the discovery of the car by the landowner and the swift actions of the emergency services it is unlikely that she would have survived another night in the open.”
Rescue services believe Mrs James, who wears two hearing aids, could have been stuck in her car for up to 24 hours and had lain undiscovered due to the dense foliage. There were no obvious signs of damage where the car had left the road.
Emergency services called to the scene stabilised the car and used air bag lifting equipment to raise it so that Mrs James could be released.
She was last seen driving her green Ford Fiesta on leaving the Rogerstone area of Newport at 0930 BST on Friday, where she had been visiting a relative.
Rescuers found Mrs James’ crashed car some 50 miles (80km) away at 2045 BST on Saturday, a day and a half later.
She is being treated at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.