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VIDEO: Cornwall Launches 'Turn Around Don't Drown' Campaign

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:35am 2nd December 2014 (Updated 12:04pm 2nd December 2014)

Cornish drivers are told 'Turn Around Don't Drown', as the number killed after being caught in a flood is revealed.

21 have lost their lives nationally in the last two years.

Fire crews launching a new campaign warn it takes just 30cm of water to float a car.

Firefighter Andy Reynolds said: "Nothing can prepare you for a dark stormy night, trying to find a car and pick someone off the top of it and bring everyone home safely.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue are getting nearly a hundred calls over the last couple of years to vehicles that have been stranded in flood water; two foot of water will float a car.

"Never drive through flood water. The car in front of you got through; that's no guarantee you will. Take particular care at night, at river crossings and fords; just because they're a designated crossing point doesn't mean they're safe so always check the gauge. If you're in any doubt - find an alternative route."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is teaming up with the RNLI to launch the 'Turn Around Don't Drown Campaign.'

Tom Mansel from the RNLI flood team said: "In 2012, Lostwithiel had some fairly major flooding and there was great concern that the reservoir further up was going to overtop so we were asked to come to evacuate a hundred people the town. The locals here were fantastic. They all pulled together in a great community effort.

"It takes twelve inches of water, of moving water, to move a family car. You might think that the piece of water looks perfectly safe and you've got a nice capable vehicle, a big 4x4 vehicle, but actually in water, all vehicles are vulnerable."

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