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Family trapped on flooded road in Devon

Family trapped on flooded road in Devon

Published by Emma Carton at 7:09am 31st October 2019. (Updated at 7:11am 31st October 2019)

Archive photo of cars on a flooded road in Cornwall

Firefighters have rushed to rescue a family of five, trapped on a flooded road in Devon.

Two adults and three children were stuck in their car on the tidal road at Aveton Giffard.

One called 999 as water poured into the footwells on Wednesday.

Crews from Modbury, Kingsbridge, Camelshead and Plymouth were scrambled to the scene.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue says the driver had followed a SatNav into flood water.

"Fire Control received a call where the driver of a car had driven along the tidal road after following a SatNav into floodwater.

"Pumping appliances from Modbury, Kingsbridge along with a specialist rescue team from Camelshead, Plymouth and specialist officers were mobilised.

"Fire Control stayed on the 999 line with the caller. 

"Two adults and three children were in the vehicle with water now entering the footwells. 

"Tide times were checked, the tide was outgoing.

"Information was gathered to see how far the family had proceeded into the flood water which wasnt too far, remotely this was risk assessed and advice relating to wading to safety was given. 

"The family were able to self-rescue.

"Fire crews were returned, except the nearest appliance from Kingsbridge who proceeded to check the welfare of the family.

"Recovery of the vehicle was arrange by the owner and a local relative attended to pick up the family".

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

It comes as flood alerts remain in force for the south Cornwall coast and Upper River Tamar: Read more.

You can watch the 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' advice video from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service below...

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