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Motorist rescued from flood water in Bude

By Em_Williams  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

Bude motorist rescued from flood water (photo courtesy of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service)

Motorists advised not to attempt driving through flood water (photo courtesy of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service)

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A driver has been rescued after getting trapped in flood water in Bude. Specialist swift water rescue technicians from Bude Fire Station were called to the man's aid when they got stuck at Rodds Bridge near Lower Upton at just after 11am this morning.

A spokesperson for the fire crew said: "It appears the man became trapped after driving over a humpback bridge crossing the Bude Canal.

The man managed to get out of his car, but as he was surrounded by fast flowing and rising water, he called the fire service for help. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the swift water rescue team reached the man and escorted him to safety."

A flood alert remains in place for the Upper River Tamar and there is a lot of surface water on the roads following the heavy rain overnight.

Official advice is to take care while driving and don't attempt to drive through flood water.

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