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Driver rescued from van by Isle of Man Fire Service during flood

Fire crew rescued a man from his vehicle on Saturday which had become trapped in fast moving flood water. Photo: IOM Northern Neighbourhood Police, Facebook

Fire crews on the Isle of Man have rescued a man who was trapped in his vehicle during flooding.

On Saturday at around 5pm Ramsey Fire Station and water rescue specialists from Douglas Fire Station were called to assist the van, which had been swept downstream by fast moving flood water at Garey Ford, Lezayre, trapping the man inside.

Crew assessed the situation and made contact with the occupant of the vehicle which had come to rest against a bridge.

Credit: IOM Northern Neighbourhood Police, Facebook

Due to the dangers presented by the fast moving water, Ramsey crews secured the van using hydraulic cutting gear.

Members of the water rescue team entered the vehicle and the driver was removed using a stretcher and passed to the care of the paramedics.

Crews were in attendance for approximately 90 minutes.

Garey Ford has been closed to the public since 9am today, whilst re-assessments of water level and speed are undertaken.

The fire service would remind the public not to drive or wade into flood water if at all possible, especially if it is fast flowing. Moving flood water can sweep you off your feet if it is only a few inches deep, and can lift up and sweep away a car.

– Mark Walker, Assistant Divisional Officer, IOM Fire & Rescue Service