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Breaking: Mother and children winched from rising river

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.

Lifeboat crew statement on dog rescue

Ben Mitchell, Crewman at Sunderland Lifeboat said:

"There was a lot of risk involved in the majority of our options which would put our crewman in danger.

"One particularly large wave seemed to pick up the dog and wash it further towards the promenade, at this point we became increasingly concerned as the waves seemed more violent in that location.

"However, the two coastguard officers on the promenade were able to then coax the dog to swim towards them and effect an excellent rescue of the dog up onto the safety of the promenade."

– Ben Mitchell, Crewman at Sunderland Lifeboat

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