Peterborough boy (9) rescued from River Nene by members of the public in critical condition - van driver arrested

A nine-year-old boy who was rescued by members of the public from the River Nene after the vehicle he was in crashed is in a critical condition in hospital.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 2:27 pm

At about 10.20am on Saturday a white Vauxhall Vivaro was travelling along the B1093, Whittlesey Road, when the van came off the road and overturned into the Nene.

The passenger, a nine-year-old boy from Peterborough, was rescued by members of the public and taken to hospital by paramedics. He remains in a critical, but stable, condition, police said.

The driver, a 33-year-old man from Peterborough, was not seriously injured. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving while over the specified drug limit and has since been released under investigation.

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The boy was taken to hospital by ambulance

The road was reopened at just before 5pm.

Anyone who witnessed what happened, or the events leading up to it, or who has dash cam footage, is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 177 of February 8. Alternatively, you can report online at