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Police call off rescue operation for missing woman swept into flood water

Flood water in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. Credit: PA Images

West Mercia Police have announced that a search and rescue operation for a woman swept into flood water near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, was called off last night as 'conditions became extremely challenging due to darkness and fast flowing flood water'.

The search has continued this morning (17 February), including the use of the police helicopter, however police are now saying it's a recovery rather than a rescue operation.

Emergency services were first alerted to two people in the river near Eastham Bridge in Tenbury Wells on Sunday morning.

An ambulance, paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics specially trained for water rescue, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, and a critical care car were all deployed to the scene.

A man was recovered from the water as a result of the same incident, and was airlifted to hospital where he currently remains in a stable condition

Last night for safety reasons and with a heavy heart, the rescue operation was called off. It was not a decision that any of the emergency services took lightly...

The search has continued this morning, including the use of the police helicopter. Sadly, however, due to the circumstances of the length of time in the water and other conditions we believe that this will now be a recovery rather than rescue operation."

– Chief Superintendent Tom Harding, West Mercia Police

The woman's family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.