Brits ‘high on laughing gas’ crash into canal in Amsterdam’s Red Light District

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Dramatic footage has shown British tourists being rescued from an Amsterdam canal after crashing their car while allegedly high on laughing gas.

The rescue took place near the city's Red Light District on Sunday, August 9.

Mobile phone footage taken by witnesses shows the back of a white car emerging from the water surface in the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal.

Four men appear to be struggling in the water and trying to climb onto the wheels for support.

A short time later, the white car sinks to the bottom of the canal and an onlooker in a black top jumps into the water to save the tourists.

Fire brigades and police were called to the scene after stunned locals reported the incident, which happened at around 9.30pm.

According to the police, there were about eight or nine people who jumped into the canal to save the group.

They suspected the four men may have been taking nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, before plunging their car into the water.

Some local residents said they also saw the British group smoking cannabis before the incident.

Local TV station AT5 report one witness said: "I saw the police removing the empty laughing gas containers from the wreckage.

"They’d been in the car for several hours before. One of them nearly drowned because he was so high."

Another witness reported by online newspaper NU said that one of them appeared to not be able to swim well and "was completely stressed".

The struggling Brit reportedly made it so hard for his rescuer to help that he ended up dragging the person underwater as well.

While three managed to escape from the car by themselves, bystanders had to rescue the fourth who was still stuck inside.

There have been no arrests in relation to the incident, police confirmed to Daily Star Online.

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