Warning after Oxford River Cherwell flood water canoeists rescued

A warning has been issued after two men were rescued from flood waters in Oxford after getting into trouble while paddling in a canoe.

Fire crews were called to the swollen River Cherwell on Friday where one man had fallen into the water, while the other was stranded in the canoe.

The pair were rescued using specialist throw lines and no-one was injured.

The fire service has urged people to stay away from flooded rivers which can flow at "considerable speed".

Paul Molloy, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service station manager, said: "The spring-like weather expected this weekend may seem appealing for some to go down by the water, however the banks are not always visible and there could be many unseen hazards lying under the water.

"If you were to accidentally fall in you could easily become washed away or trapped."

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