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Warning following ford rescues

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The first took place in North Worcestershire just after 11am and involved a van stuck in the ford in Houndsfield Lane in Hollywood. A crew from Redditch was joined by rescue boats from Worcester and Evesham, and they pulled the driver and his van from the flooded ford using ropes.

Shortly after 1.30pm the same day, the Service received reports that two cars were submerged in the ford at Shell, near Himbleton, in South Worcestershire. Crews from Droitwich and Kidderminster plus the rescue boats from Worcester and Evesham attended, and using an inflatable sledge and a ladder, they rescued an elderly man from one of the cars. They gave him emergency first aid at the scene and he was then taken by ambulance to hospital.

HWFRS is urging anyone who uses a route that includes a ford to keep themselves updated with the local flood warnings and weather reports, and to avoid driving through the ford when river levels are higher than usual.