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Police river rescue attempt

At least six police officers jumped into the River Avon in Bristol in a bid to rescue the occupants of a car. One woman inside the vehicle died but the other four occupants survived. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Specialist water rescue team brought in to help with rescue

The area manager for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said the attempt to rescue the occupants of a car that drove into the River Avon was a complex operation involving multiple agencies:

We responded from there with a rescue pump which has enhanced rescue equipment on it and then we had a specialist water rescue team from Bedminster, which is one of the neighbouring city centre stations.

They have access to a rescue boat, inflatable rafts, inflatable walkways and dry suits. They are specially trained to make entry into moving and still waters.

There was one person trapped in the vehicle who was removed by Fire and Rescue Service personnel using the rescue boat across to a nearby jetty ...

– Denis McCann, area manager at Avon Fire and Rescue Service

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