Man found clinging to a tree in flooded Exwick brook

A man suffering from hypothermia was rescued by firefighters after being found clinging to a tree in a flooded brook.

The fire service said it was believed he took a wrong turn on his way home and slipped into the brook, off the River Exe, which had swollen to 6ft (1.8m) deep.

He was found in the brook, near Exwick, by three men who were hunting nearby.

More than 12 firefighters helped rescue the man, who was taken to hospital.

He is thought to have fallen into the water several hours before he was rescued.

Sean Faulkner, from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Luckily there was a group of three gentlemen who were out hunting and they heard his cries, because it was in the middle of nowhere, and they raised the alarm.

"I think if it wasn't for the swift actions of the men and the crew it would have been a different outcome."

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