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Man taken to hospital with severe burns after boat fire

A man has been admitted to hospital with severe burns after his boat caught fire on the River Avon near Tewkesbury.

Emergency services rushed to the Old Rectory moorings in Bredon after reports of the boat ablaze.

Two fire engines, together with a rescue boat from Tewkesbury fire station attended the scene shortly after 10.30am.

Fire crews found the pleasure cruiser well alight, and towed the boat back into the mooring before extinguishing the fire.

Paramedics brought the man to Cheltenham General Hospital, where he received treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.

Firefighters took more than two hours to put out the fire.


Tewkesbury residents fear imminent flood

Abbey Terrace in Tewkesbury Credit: ITV News West Country

Residents who live in Tewkesbury say they fear they are about to be flooded.

Abbey Terrace has not suffered serious flooding since 2007, but water has come across the Gloucester Road - a main route into the town - and house holders are pumping out their cellars and gardens.

"I am afraid it is going to flood. I think the rainfall tomorrow will bring it up another couple of inches and I think we've probably had it."

  • Rosemary Wherrett, Abbey Terrace resident
The flood plain opposite Abbey Terrace Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucestershire family so grateful for flood rescue

In Gloucestershire, the landlord of a pub cut off by floods has been re-united with rescuers who saved members of his family after they were capsized from a boat into freezing water.

Pete Bartlett, who runs the Yew Tree Inn at Chaceley near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire had been trying to get his wife Carol, brother in law Kevin and their dog to dry land to get some provisions.

But strong winds and waves overwhelmed them, and they ended in the water clinging to the branches of a tree. Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin reports.

Gloucestershire landlord thanks flood rescuers

In Gloucestershire the landlord of a marooned pub has been talking about the moment he and members of his family capsized into freezing water.

Pete Bartlett, who runs the Yew Tree Inn near Tewkesbury today thanked the emergency services for rescuing them.

He and 2 other family members had to cling to tree branches to stay afloat.

Tewkesbury tells the world "We're open for business"

Businesses in the Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury are urging people NOT to stay away because of the publicity about the floods.

They fear repeated images of flooding in and around the town in the national media, may give visitors the wrong impression that it's cut off. Here's our Gloucestershire correspondent, Ken Goodwin.


"Business as usual" in Tewkesbury despite floods

Tewkesbury Borough Councils, businesses and residents have joined forces to say that, despite the flooding in Gloucestershire, the town is still open for business.

While the images of Tewkesbury Abbey with the flooding look dramatic it can give the impression that the town has been cut off, which just isn’t the case.

– Cllr Dave Waters, Tewkesbury Borough Council

Despite the grim pictures shown in the news reports, it really is business as usual for Tewkesbury. Do come and be assured of a warm welcome in the shops, cafes and many other businesses that we have in Tewkesbury. Despite the Gander Lane car park being flooded, there are plenty of others to use and don't forget that Station Road car park is still only £1 all day or there is of course free roadside parking for an hour in town.

– Amanda from Abbey Carpets in Tewkesbury

Heavy rain and severe gales forecast

Heavy rain and severe gales forecast Credit: ITV News West Country

The Environment Agency is keeping a close eye on river levels with more rain forecast. A yellow warning has been issued for the region with winds of up to 80 miles per hour predicted.

Large areas of Tewkesbury and the Somerset levels are already saturated from rainfall over the Christmas period.

Flooding at Tewkesbury

Flooding at Tewkesbury Credit: Air Experiences

Large parts of the Somerset Levels and Gloucestershire are underwater after heavy rainfall over Christmas.

These pictures were taken of Tewkesbury earlier today where flooding of the community hospital car park forced it to close. A flood warning for the area has been lifted but there is still a lot of water around as you can see.

You can see more pictures of Tewkesbury here

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