Boat rescue experts from Northamptonshire help stranded victims of floods in Cumbria

Teams from Wellingborough and Mereway were deployed.
Teams from Wellingborough and Mereway were deployed.

A specialist boat rescue team from Northamptonshire rescued more than 70 people from the floods in Cumbria.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service received a request to support other emergency services teams in the early hours of Sunday.

Water rescue technicians from Mereway and Wellingborough fire stations were deployed to Cumbria, taking with them a specialist water rescue boat unit and boat.

Group Commander Phil Pells said: “The boat team was initially deployed to a strategic holding area in Penrith before being tasked and mobilised to Carlisle supporting other teams with the evacuation operation. During their deployment, NFRS crews led more than 75 residents to safety.

“The team was released from the incident Monday lunchtime having spent more than 24 hours supporting the rescue operation.

“A Silver command was established locally at headquarters to control and coordinate our response and on-going support to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, including the planning for further requests of support over the next few days.”

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is able to offer high volume pumps, boat rescue teams and an incident response unit (CBRN) to other services.