Spain: A British couple is stuck in a huge motorhome on a narrow street

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Things got a little tight for the British couple (Image: SolarPix)

An unhappy British couple got stuck in a narrow street abroad with their massive motorhome.

The middle-aged holidaymakers had spent a day in the picturesque village of Sorvilan, south of Granada in Spain.

But the dream vacation turned into a nightmare last Saturday at around 9:30 a.m. when her motorhome was wedged between two houses.

They are believed to have gotten themselves into the chaos by ignoring a sign warning larger vehicles to avoid the centre.

Luckily, a tow truck and local police came to the couple’s rescue, but it took them four hours to rescue them.

The unnamed couple were able to continue their journey, but had damaged their RV and the wall of one of the houses they were sandwiched between.

Local police officer Jose Rivas said: “They were passing through the village and never intended to stay that long.

“A tow truck had to be called and all they could do was sit around and wait while we tried to extricate the motorhome.

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This photo shows the man on the phone with possible emergency services (Image: SolarPix)

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As the couple explored the small village, the streets narrowed (Image: SolarPix)

“They didn’t speak much Spanish and it wasn’t really the kind of situation where we would go into detail about where they came from and where they went because they were obviously upset about what had happened.

“But it seemed like they were touring the Costa del Sol and southern Spain and they obviously didn’t see a sign on the way to the center of the village warning people not to drive large vehicles through the narrow streets.

“We’re talking about roads that were laid out when people used donkey carriages and weren’t designed for the kind of vehicles that got stuck on Saturday.

“The process to get it loose basically involved using a jack to lift it up and slide it out of where it was stuck. There was no other possible solution.

“The camper might have gotten through the gap if it was going straight, but it came from an angle and although the front half got through, the back half was slightly wider and wedged tightly.”

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The couple was eventually rescued after four hours (Image: SolarPix)

Mr Rivas added: “Fortunately no one was injured but there was obvious material damage.

“The side of the RV near the driver’s door was fairly badly damaged, but the vehicle was still drivable.

“I don’t know if the British couple came to see the church which is one of the sights here, or a pretty fountain we have, or a museum which is closed at the moment but will be back soon after a restoration opened will work.

“But I hope this experience doesn’t stop them from going back again. You just have to be careful where you drive your motorhome.

“It’s the first time in my year of service that I’ve dealt with something like this. You have to watch out for things like that not only in Sorvilan, but in all the villages in the area.”

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