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.
Ben Mitchell, Crewman at Sunderland Lifeboat said:
A Middlesbrough man's among 19 people who've survived a helicopter ditching in the North Sea. 32 year old Jonathan Garcia was one of a team of oil workers being ferried from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland. Rescue helicopter found all involved safe and well.