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Man and woman rescued from mud at Instow

A man and woman who were stuck in mud up to their waists have been rescued from the river bank at Instow in Devon.

Two fire crews and a specialist rescue team and the rescue helicopter were called to the scene at noon today.

They used used mud mats, dry suits, buoyancy aids, throw lines and a hose reel to release the pair, who were then rescued from the river bank uninjured.

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PICTURE: North Devon on alert as high tide hits Instow

Flood gates are holding back three feet of water along the seafront at Instow in North Devon Credit: ITV News West Country

Flood gates at Instow are struggling to cope as the sea encroaches on its defences as high tide approaches.

The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings, for the south west - including the North Devon coastline. 60 flood warnings are also in place.

Speedy lifeboat rescue at Instow

The RNLI lifeboat at Appledore has rescued three crew members from a boat which had run aground off Instow in North Devon.

The Hedrik began listing and taking on water after hitting an unknown object on Thursday evening.

Swansea Coastguard heard Hedrik's faint Mayday emergency call and notified the Appledore RNLI lifeboat. It reached the scene within ten minutes of the Mayday being received and the three crew members on board were transferred to the lifeboat.

This was an incredibly fast and slick recovery operation. The crew members are safe and dry and we are currently assisting an effort to re-float this vessel using its salvage pump. Thank you to all teams involved

– Steve Matthews, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager

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