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Dramatic rescue of man, woman and child from flooded car near Umberleigh

By marcprosser  |  Posted: December 23, 2012

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Firefighters from South Molton, Torrington and Camels Head were involved in a dramatic rescue of two adults and a child from a car stuck in floodwater near Umberleigh Railway Station on Saturday night. 

Around midnight the firefighters were sent to a report of one male adult, one female adult and one child stuck in a car in fast flowing floodwater.

The car was so stuck that a RNLI boat team and an additional fire crew were sent on from Barnstaple and a search and rescue helicopter was requested.

Although the car's occupants were difficult to reach, the male and child were rescued by Fire Service personnel using dry suits. 

However, the female was out of reach. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service reported that she was eventually rescued by the RNLI boat team.

Police and ambulance services also attended the incident.

Devon & Cornwall Police's air operations unit reported being called out to assist 'multiple emergency services in the Umberleigh area' during the night between Saturday and Sunday.

The air operations unit said that a woman had been swept away from her vehicle and was found clinging to branches at the swollen river bank. She was rescued and found to be suffering from exposure to the water, but in otherwise fine condition. 

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