Saltash team sent to Somerset for flood rescue
A Saltash-based flood-rescue team has today deployed to Somereset amid fears parts of the county could be flooded by heavy rain.
Specially trained RNLI crew volunteers from Saltash, members of the charity’s Flood Rescue Team (FRT), have deployed to Bridgwater.
The crew has been asked to stand by as there are concerns that the low lying area could flood around the time of the high tide tomorrow lunchtime.
The team left the charity’s base in Saltashat 9.30am and are heading to Bridgwater with pre-prepared flood rescue kit, including a D class inshore lifeboat and a smaller inshore rescue boat as used by RNLI lifeguards.
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They are being joined by colleagues from around the charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset who will rendezvous with the south west team at 12.30pm.
The volunteer team include Dave Jackman from Looe lifeboat station.
The team will be led by RNLI Inspector, Nigel Jones, who will be supported by fellow Inspector, Tom Mansell. Nigel said: "We’ve been tasked to stand by in Somerset where there are concerns about flooding problems developing around lunchtime today. There’s a strong wind blowing and very low pressure, and this tied in with high water around midday is threatening the low lying areas around Bridgwater."