One of the RAF rescue team who saved a family stranded in a swollen river has spoken about the dramatic operation to get them to dry land. The RAF rescue helicopter from Leconfield was scrambled after a woman and two children got into trouble in rising waters in the River Ure in North Yorkshire.
"This was quite a tricky operation to carry out the rescue of a mother and her two young daughters from the swollen River Ure and it involved approximately a 125 foot winch.
They were in a precarious position and given time with rising water levels the outcome could have been worse."
Sgt Jon Bramfitt, RAF Leconfield
Footage from RAF Leconfield rescue in North Yorkshire. Here you can see a mother winched to safety after becoming trapped by rising waters and found clinging to a tree near Ripon.Watch more rescue footage here.
A mother and her two young children are recovering this morning after being winched to safety from a rapidly rising river.
North Yorkshire Fire Service's specialist water rescue team were called in to help crews from Richmond and Ripon.
RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield, winched the woman and children to safety.
Video courtesy RAF Leconfield
North Yorkshire Fire service are warning people about the dangers of rising river levels after a woman and two children became stranded by fast flowing waters. They were rescued by RAF helicopter after clinging onto a tree in the River Ure near Ripon just after 2 o'clock this afternoon.
– North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman
This could have been a different story and should act as a warning to the dangers of rising river levels. Rivers may look benign, but it can quite quickly change. In this instance the preceding rainfall from the night before caused a rapid rise in the river level in a very short period of time.
A mother and her two young children have this afternoon had to be winched to safety after getting into trouble in a rapidly rising river in North Yorkshire.
They managed to grab onto a tree in the middle of the River Ure near Ripon where they then became trapped by the fast flowing water. North Yorkshire Fire Service's specialist water rescue team were called in to help crews from Richmond and Ripon.
They also called on the help of an RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield, who winched the woman and children to safety.