9:01am Saturday 23rd June 2012
FIRE fighters in the Yorkshire Dales had to rescue a number of people from cars due to flash flooding overnight.
North Yorkshire Fire Service said nine people in three cars were brought to safety on the A684 in the Hawes area.
A spokesman said the initial call was to one car stuck in fast-moving floodwater but other vehicles became involved.
He said: "On arrival the fire crews from Hawes effected the rescue of a family of two adults and two children, by pushing their car from the floodwater.
Unfortunately, during this operation a further two cars also tried to negotiate the floodwater and also had to be rescued in a similar manner.
"In total, three cars containing five adults and four children were pushed to safety by the Hawes fire crew who donned wetsuits and lifejackets during the rescue."
The spokesman said this was followed by another rescue on the A684, this time near Bainbridge.
He said 23 fire personnel, including swift rescue teams, were sent to the incident but the man was eventually rescued by pushing the car out of the water.
Earlier in the evening, two women were rescued from a car trapped in floodwater at Carleton, near Skipton.
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