Spanish fireman saves baby from crashed car

A SPANISH fireman on a working holiday in Lanark dramatically found himself back on duty when he saved a baby from a crashed car in the town.

Now in his sixties, Manuel Vazquez Lopez is a volunteer firefighter in the Galician town he came here from for a three week exchange trip with the Lanark-based RSVP group, which organises voluntary work for retired and elderly Clydesdale citizens.

By chance Manuel, lodging with a Lanark family during his visit, was walking past the Braidfute Retail Park last Monday afternoon when a woman driver, carrying her baby in the rear seat, was involved in an accident at the roundabout, the vehicle ending up on its roof.

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Although Manuel hardly speaks a word of English, he instantly knew what the trapped mum's screamed pleas to save her one year old baby from the wreck before it caught fire meant.

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