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RNLI rescue in Evesham
RNLI reveal rescues in the floods
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute reveal just how busy they were during the July floods.
Volunteer RNLI crews rescued over 200 people during the devastating inland flooding across the UK this summer, including some in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
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Crews responded to the floods in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Gloucester, with many working 48 hours at a time with little rest.
Rescues included a mother and her 7-month-old baby, and a group of elderly people from a Royal British Legion Club which would otherwise have been stranded and in potentially severe difficulties.
The Rapid Response Units also played a vital role in delivering water, medical supplies and emergency service personnel to where they were needed.
In January 2008 the charity will run SOS day, a national day of fundraising for the charity.
The organisation's annual running costs are over £122 million - that's around £335,000 per day - but it relies on voluntary contributions and legacies for income, and receives no government funding.
Other waterborne rescue crews involved in helping people during the July floods came from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service and SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association).
The floods were so severe that people in Worcestershire had to be rescued by helicopter.
last updated: 29/10/07
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