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Children rescued by County Council Fire and Rescue Service in floods

Published 07 February 2014

Fire and rescue crews from Oxfordshire County Council’s Faringdon and Kidlington Fire Stations came to the aid of a school bus stuck in flood water on the road between Baulking and Kingstone Lisle near Faringdon this morning.

Don't drive through floodwater

The team called in a specialist water rescue crew and equipment from Kidlington. They then used a rescue sled and dry suits to rescue 37 school children aged 11 to 18 from the bus, through deep flood water. The children were then transferred to waiting school buses that had been swiftly arranged by King Alfred Academy, Wantage and the school transport company.

The children had previously been picked up from homes in Uffington and Baulking areas and were on route to the academy.

The school bus company and King Alfred Academy worked together to ensure the safety of the school children and a safe onward journey to school.

Station Manger Julian Green said: “We would like to stress the importance of not driving or walking through flood water, with the hidden dangers of unknown depth, current, and contamination from sewage in the water.”

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