Men plunge car into frozen canal

Two men managed to escape from a car they were driving along a frozen canal when the ice gave way beneath them, it has been revealed.

The pair, aged 22 and 24, were driving on the ice covering the water of the Union Canal near Winchburgh, West Lothian, on Monday afternoon when they were plunged into the water.

Emergency services discovered the front section of the Peugeot 406 submerged in the canal, but the men had managed to escape from the vehicle.

Lothian and Borders Police later arrested and charged the men with reckless conduct. They will appear in court at a later date.

A police spokesman said: "While it goes without saying that the vast majority of people have the good sense not to take their vehicles on to frozen waterways, this incident serves as an example of the type of stupidity that the emergency services occasionally have to deal with.

"There is no doubt that these two individuals had a lucky escape, and had the canal been deeper there could very well have been a different outcome."

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