A woman trapped in the back of her van for four hours on an isolated road was freed when a group of cyclists on a charity ride heard her cries for help.
Gemma Lloyd got into sealed back of the vehicle after pulling over to grab a pen and was horrified when the wind slammed the rear door shut behind her.
She had left her mobile phone out of reach in the front, had no food or water and couldn’t stand up in the van which had no handles on the inside.
The aspiring model heard cars going past but no-one answered her desperate cries for help until she saw the flashing lights of the bikes approaching.
Gemma shouted at the top of her voice and the riders heard her and unlocked the back door and let her out.
The group were nearing the end of a 900-mile fund-raising ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End when the drama happened on the Devon-Cornwall border.
Some of them posed for a photo with relieved Gemma before continuing with their marathon ride to raise £250,000 for Sport Relief.
Group leader Jamie McDonald, 32, from Tredworth, Glos said: “To come across this girl going absolutely bonkers in the back of the van, in hysterics, it was surreal.
“It was really petrifying.
“She’d been crying and said she’d begun to consider the possibility of never getting out, which must of been absolutely terrifying.
“There’s no telling, as this was pretty much the middle of nowhere, how long she might have otherwise been locked in the van. I’m just glad we were passing by.”
Tearful Gemma, from Worcester, said: “I was so relieved. I cried tears of joy, I had such mixed emotions.
“I don’t think I have ever shouted so loud in my life. I knew it was my only chance.”
The team of cyclists started at John O’Groats on 27 February and were due to finish at Land’s End at about 4pm yesterday (Thursday).
They have visited universities across the country, including Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol, where they have organised outdoor static bike riding sessions for students.
They found Gemma on Tuesday afternoon, after she parked up while on the way to visit a client, as part of her job for a spark plug company.
Jamie co-founded the SuperHero Foundation charity which encourages people to take on challenges for charity.
He has run across Canada, broke the world record for longest static bike ride, and has ridden from Bangkok to Gloucester.
To sponsor him, visit: http://jamiemcdonald.org