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Devon floods woman rescued after clinging to tree

In Umberleigh, near Barnstaple in north Devon, a woman was swept away from her car in the early hours of Sunday after becoming stuck in fast-flowing flood water.

A police helicopter found her clinging to branches of a tree - where she had been for 50 minutes - on the banks of the swollen River Taw.

She was rescued by a RNLI lifeboat, and treated for exposure to the water.

Her husband told the BBC that he "never thought I would see her again".

John Henderson reports.

  • 23 Dec 2012
  • From the section UK
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