Bude crews called out to water rescue

Late yesterday afternoon, a van had left the road in North Petherwin and was stuck in fast flowing water with one person trapped inside. Two appliances from Launceston, Water Rescue Units from Bude, St Austell and Plymouth, along with four Station Managers were mobilised, and responded alongside Devon and Cornwall Police.

The police informed had also received a call stating a van had crashed and the occupant was on the bonnet of the van in fast flowing water.

After a brief search of the area the first crew located the vehicle and found the occupant had self-rescued from the vehicle and made his way to the riverbank. The occupant was checked over by police and fire crews at the scene and declined medical attention.


If you see a person trapped in water INLAND, always dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service.

Visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) website for further details on what you should do if your vehicle ends up in water.

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