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RAF rescue on swollen river

A mother and her two young children have been winched to safety by the RAF after being trapped by rising waters on the River Ure near Ripon

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Warning over river levels after helicopter rescue

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.

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.

– North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman

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