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9 November 2014 - Girl rescued from flood water

9 November 2014 - Girl rescued from flood water

Firefighters waded through around 100 metres (330 feet) of standing water approximately 400mm (15 inches) deep to rescue a 9-year-old girl who’d got into distress after reaching play equipment in the middle of a flooded car park in Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey.

Watch Manager Andy Bridger-Smart from Sheppey fire station said: "Once the girl had managed to reach the play area, she was wet, cold and scared to get off the equipment.

"We used water rescue equipment including a lifejacket and probe to check for obstacles and other hazards under the water, and carried the girl back to dry land where she was checked over by paramedics and returned to the care of her parents."

WM Bridger-Smart added: "Our advice to anyone is to not enter floodwater (or any other dirty, standing water) no matter how well you know the area. There could be unseen hazards such as lifted drain covers which could cause a person to be injured or trapped. And once you’re in the water, hypothermia sets in quickly, causing additional risks to your health."

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