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Two Men Rescued From River Wye

The swift water rescue crew from Hereford was immediately sent to the scene along with two appliances from Hereford Fire Station and a further appliance from Ross-on-Wye Fire Station. Police and Ambulance crews were also sent to the incident.

Whilst the swift water rescue crew launched the boat, firefighters worked their way down the steep embankment to secure the first casualty and as the boat arrived they were then able to use a line to get him to safety.

By this time, the second casualty was in a more vulnerable state and was placed on a stretcher in the water with the assistance of the boat crew before being moved up the embankment by firefighters to an awaiting ambulance.

Station Commander Phil Major of HWFRS said: "Fire and rescue crews did an excellent job in reaching, securing and rescuing the casualties from the river as quickly as they did. Their prompt actions meant that both men could receive the medical attention they needed.

"I would urge people to be careful near water – especially during hours of darkness where hazards may be hidden."

Fire and rescue crews spent approximately one hour on scene.