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Four rescued from burning boat near Stranraer

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Four men have been rescued after their boat caught fire in Luce Bay on the Galloway coast.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, when a member of the public alerted the coastguard after spotting flames.

A search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick, as well as coastguard teams from the Isle of Whithorn and Stranraer were called out along with firefighters and ambulance crew.

All four men, in their late twenties and early thirties, were taken to Galloway Community Hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

Three of the men were from Dumfries, Patna and Helensburgh.

None of the men were wearing lifejackets and the station manager has issued a warning about water safety.

“They men hadn’t a lifejacket between them. One of them had a helmet with a light on it which was what drew the lifeboat to them.

“It was pretty silly not to have lifejackets with them or some other kind of aids.

"Three of them were in their normal clothes and the fourth had a wet suit, so they were really lucky.”

“Two of them had pretty bad hypothermia and all four were taken to hospital to be checked up but were later allowed home."

– Terry Simpson, Operations Manager, Stranraer Lifeboat

64-year-old man rescued from mountain near Keswick

A 64-year-old man from Essex has been rescued from a mountain near Keswick this afternoon.

Keswick mountain rescue team were called out to a male who had fallen down steep rock section close to the summit of Cat Bells mountain.

He was treated at the scene by the Great North Air Ambulance doctor and Paramedic team before being carried over difficult terrain to the helicopter.

He was flown to hospital in Carlisle where he remains with non life-threatening injuries.

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VIDEO: Dramatic footage of horses rescued from raging floods

Six horses have been rescued from raging flood water near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

The animals, belonging to Debbie and Nikki Grant, were left stranded in their field on Saturday when the nearby River Teviot burst its banks.

Despite the effort of numerous firefighters and boats, they were unable to move the horses.

Local farmer James Manners and huntsman Johnny Kelly then took their tractor into the field and managed to tie a strap around one of the horses.

After some initial resistance the horses followed the tractor back onto dry land. All six of the horses are now safe and well.

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£40,000 new vehicle for Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

The brand new VW Transporter 4-Motion 4x4 Ambulance was funded by a £20,000 anonymous donation with the remainder being funded by St. John Scotland. Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team have just been handed their brand new rescue vehicle.

The forty thousand pounds, high-tech, four-by-four converts into an ambulance in less than one minute. It will be housed at Castle Douglas Fire Station, allowing for a quick and comprehensive response to any emergencies.

The brand new VW Transporter 4-Motion 4x4 Ambulance was funded by a generous £20,000 anonymous donation with the remainder being funded by St. John Scotland.

"The facilities there allow us to access the vehicle quicker to get it out to a call out where required. It also gives us the opportunity to work closely with our fire and rescue colleagues for training purposes and to provide a better service to the people of Dumfries and Galloway."

– Strap Ken MacKenzie Galloway, Mountain Team

New home for Galloway MRT vehicle

"Well it's an absolute delight that we can work in partnership and provide secure accommodation for what is a state of the art vehicle for the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

"It provides a safe haven and prevents it from deteriorating, and it also means they've got the facility for a rapid response. Of course, as an emergency service we know how important that it."

– Ian Waugh, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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Rescue vehicle converts into ambulance

The new seven-seater rescue vehicle has the capability of converting into an ambulance in under one minute. Any casualty can then be either treated at the scene or taken straight to hospital.

The 4x4 is fitted with the latest search and rescue technology including spot lights and a re-enforced chassis.

Castle Douglas Fire Station will house the vehicle, having moved from the Police Station.

High-tech rescue vehicle for Galloway MRT

The Galloway Mountain Rescue Team have been handed their brand new rescue vehicle.

The 4x4 is filled with high-tech equipment and can be turned into an ambulance in less than one minute.

An anonymous donation of £20,000 was given to the team, and the Order of St John Scotland funded the remaining £20,000.

"So we feel very very proud to help St John and I feel particularly proud to help St John in Galloway. I mean here we have vast tracks of open country and we're delighted that people come and spend time in it, but they do have accidents and get lost and these are the professionals who sort out those problems."

– Sir Malcolm Ross, Prior of the Order of St John Scotland

Rescue simulation in Lakes

Cyclist "rescued" in training exercise Credit: ITV News Border

Rescuers in the Lake District have been learning how to deal with a serious mountain biking accident.

A major exercise has been taking place near Ambleside, involving British Cycling, mountain rescue teams and an RAF search and rescue helicopter.


Rescuers come to help after biking accident Credit: ITV News Border
Rescuers have cycling "accident" sprung on them Credit: ITV News Border

Man rescued from River Nith

A 61 year old man's being treated in hospital after being rescued from the River Nith in Dumfries.The man was spotted at around 5:30pm yesterday near to the Whitesands. Dumfries fire and rescue officers managed to pull him from the river.

He was treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police aren't treating it as suspicious but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident.

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