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South Worcester flood rescue team

Flood rescue team set up in South Worcester Photo: ITV Central

The South Worcester lifeguard Club has been awarded £72,500 from DEFRA's Flood Rescue National Enhancement Project fund to create a flood rescue team.

The money has been used to buy two flood rescue boats and train members.

The team will work alongside other emergency services during national flood emergencies in England and Wales and will be on call 365 days a year.

The South Worcester Lifeguard Club was set up 38 years ago following drownings in the River Avon.

It's made up of more than 100 junior and 60 adult members who learn about water safety and lifesaving techniques.

Today there will be an official boat-naming ceremony at Sankey Marine in Evesham to celebrate the Clubs appointment.

"You've got a local resource of well-equipped,highly-trained volunteers on hand to rescue the local community in the case of floods. In 2007 we saw dreadful floods in this area and lives are at stakes. They will make significant difference locally and nationally if we experience flooding which, unfortunately, is likely. "

– CEO of Surf Life Saving GB Esther Pearson