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RAF MILDENHALL, England — An Air Force doctor at RAF Lakenheath escaped injury early Wednesday morning when his car went off the road and ended upside down in a drainage channel, according to a local newspaper report.

Dr. (Maj.) Dan Sepdham was able to break free from the submerged car and swim to safety, climbing onto his car, which was underwater except for the tires, according to the East Anglia Daily Press.

The accident occurred when Sepdham, who lives with his family in Thetford, was driving to work and his car went off the bridge between A11 and A1065.

“The car sank so quickly and, at first, I started to panic, but then I tried to calm down because I realized if I didn’t, I would never get out,” Sepdham, 32, who was unhurt, told the local newspaper Wednesday evening.

Sepdham said he was unable to open his door because of the water pressure in the channel, but somehow was able to swim out of the car in the rear.

He said all the windows were shut when he left his home, so he is unsure how he was able to leave the vehicle.

A local recovery firm told the newspaper it took nearly an hour using a crane and a boat to lift the car from the channel.

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