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Only a guess...

From the description of the fact it had been standing for about five hours before the problem occurred, my only guess is that the clutch friction plate had become contaminated with the (slightly dirty) water and when dried out stuck to the flywheel and/or pressure plate.

I've known something similar when cars have been left for extended periods of time (months/years) when cars were stored.

Bump starting would break the stuck clutch or any slight contamination and normal running clean-up the clutch (much like disc brakes can grab because of rust on the discs).

I don't know it the car's sensors could detect the clutch not disengaging but possibly there was some process which then prevented the normal gear selection.

Only a guess but if a similar problem it would only be temporary and just look for any re-occurrence.
 
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