Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family Airlifted to Safety from River

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family Airlifted to Safety from River

Article excerpt

Three people had be rescued by helicopter yesterday [Sun] after their car was swept into a raging river near Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

The rescue operation was launched after a white Ford Escort tried to cross Stanhope ford, which was swollen after heavy rain.

The car became trapped and was in danger of being swept away when passers-by spotted a man, a woman and a young child waving for help.

The trio were then seen climbing on to the roof of the car to escape the rising water as fire crews and an emergency rescue boat arrived at the scene shortly after 12.40pm.

But it was only when a rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield [correct] was scrambled that they were airlifted to safety.

All three were treated at the scene by paramedics, but a Durham Police spokesman said they were not seriously hurt.

Insp Tony Bell said: "A man from the Stanhope area called us to report two adults and a child trapped inside a car at Stanhope ford. …

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