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Two Rescued from River Crossing

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 25th April 2013

Two people have been rescued after their van got caught as the tide swept over a ford near Torpoint.

It happened at Gooseford Lane in St John on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters battled through the water to tow them out.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "Six firefighters from Torpoint attended a call to a van stuck in rising water with two occupants trapped in it. The vehicle had become stranded in the river whilst driving through an estuary ford. When the vehicle had become stuck the tide was rising and the occupants were unwilling to leave the vehicle as the water around them they believed was fast flowing.

"Heroically two firefighters from Torpoint donned dry suits and bouyancy aids and entered the rising water. The firefighters accessed the vehicle and reassured the occupants. After securing a tow line to the van a tractor from a local farm helped tow the transit from the ford and the rising tide.

"The occupants were rescued unharmed as a result of this incident."

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