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Oxfordshire floods: Rescue boat stolen

Paul Otter in rowing boat during floods
Image caption The boat was used during recent floods

A dinghy used to rescue people from cars and narrow boats during recent floods in Oxfordshire has been stolen.

Narrow boat owner Paul Otter used his blue and orange fibreglass rowing boat as the only safe way of accessing 17 moored boats at Long Wittenham.

He said the theft of the 10ft boat, worth only about £20, was "thoughtless and selfish".

Thames Valley Police appealed for witnesses, saying the boat was taken sometime between Friday and Sunday.

An emergency life ring accompanying the boat was also taken.

Mr Otter said conditions in the area had improved but the boat would be needed if water levels rose again.

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