A stricken taxi has been salvaged from a Huddersfield canal.

The Honda Accord has lain in the murky, freezing waters of Aspley marina since Saturday evening, after a mishap by the taxi driver.

He misjudged a manoeuvre in the car park overlooking the canal basin and ended up in six feet of water.

Luckily, passers-by saw what happened and were able to help the taxi driver to safety through a door window.

He was helped to the bank and was treated by paramedics.

The driver was badly shaken but unhurt.

The taxi is winched from the canal at Aspley

The car sank to the bottom of the basin, which is at the head of the Huddersfield Broad Canal, but was retrieved this afternoon.

Philip Robinson, of Huddersfield’s Quarmby Garage, said: “We were called in to get the car out of the water.

“We were helped by staff from Aspley Marina, who used a narrowboat to reach the car and were able to attach a sling around it.

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“We backed the tow truck down the slipway and hooked it up to the car. It came out relatively undamaged but obviously full of water!”.

Alan Dickinson, who lives on a narrowboat at the Marina, said: “It was a slow, slow process.

“The guys on the boat did a good job in getting a sling around the car and then pulled the ropes over to the truck.“We are very lucky there was no fuel leak”.

The taxi is winched from the canal at Aspley by staff from Quarmby Garage