Three rescued from floods near Wrexham

This was the moment when HM Coastguard’s helicopter battled against the elements to rescue three people including a child, caught up in the floods in North Wales.

The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon was called as part of the wider emergency response to floods across the area alongside North Wales Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and the Welsh Fire and Rescue Service.

High water had forced the three out of their homes after the banks of the River Dee burst following heavy rainfall. The Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre, part of HM Coastguard, took the request from other emergency services after it became clear the people could not be reached by land.

Chief Pilot Dave Kenyon said: “This was a challenging winching scenario in terms of where the people were. They were on a ledge by the roof, with debris falling and being washed away all around them. We’re delighted that all three were got out safe and well, and handed into the care of the other emergency services.”

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