Scene of river rescue

Helicopter rescue from rapid river

A mother and two young children have been winched to safety after getting into trouble in a rapidly rising river in North Yorkshire.

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RAF Fylingdales 'delighted' to celebrate anniversary

RAF Fylingdales station photo
RAF Fylingdales station photo. Credit: RAF Fylingdales

North Yorkshire radar base RAF Fylingdales is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The early warning station was built as the first line of defence against nuclear attacks.

A team there still works 24 hours a day, looking for deadly ballistic missiles heading for the UK.

Wing commander Rayna Owens said: “RAF Fylingdales is an excellent example of a small but exceptionally professional specialist unit that delivers an output to defence and more broadly in the space domain.

"RAF Fylingdales has been a ballistic missile and early warning radar site since 1963 and is delighted to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

"The importance of this mission endures and some would say even more important in a world with uncertainty.”


Freedom of the City of York parade

Marching past York Minster Credit: Paul Herrick

A special relationship between the City of York and the RAF was celebrated today.

Air crew past and present from RAF Linton-on-Ouse exercised their Freedom of the City with a march through the city centre.

The airbase is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and was granted the freedom of the city back in 1968.


Full Report: Family rescued from North Yorkshire river

The emergency services say a mother and her two young daughters are 'lucky to be alive' after flash floods left them clinging to a tree in the middle of a swollen river.

It happened yesterday at the River Ure in North Yorkshire, about seven miles from Ripon.

The family were eventually hauled to safety by a helicopter winchman - but not until after a 90 minute ordeal.

Watch the full report from Jon Hill below.


River rescuer talks about dramatic operation

Sergeant Jon Bramfitt Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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

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