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Canoeists rescued from swollen river

The swollen river caused the 19 canoeists to get into difficulty last night Credit: PA

A group of 19 canoeists got into difficulty in a fast-flowing river in Herefordshire last night.

Emergency crews received the call at 6pm and said the men were treated for the effects of cold after being separated from their canoes in the rain-swollen River Wye.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

"Crews arrived to find a number of the party that had managed to get themselves to the side of the river to safety. Unfortunately, a number were unaccounted for in the water."

The spokesperson went onto confirm all of the canoeists were accounted for by 7.20pm with one man taken to hospital as a precaution due to a previous medical condition.

The spokesman added: "The men were found over a length of the river stretching from Bishopswood, Ross-on-Wye, to Lydbrook in Gloucestershire, a distance estimated at around two miles.

"Considering the number of people that ended up in the very fast-flowing river with high water levels, separated from their canoes, it is extremely fortunate that all the members of the party were found safe and only suffering from the effects of being in cold water."