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Byline: 18 members of the south West RNLI Flood Rescue Team were deployed to Dorset overnight to join a multi-agency reaction to rising water levels.
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The group of trained volunteers from the charity were based at Christchurch Fire Station but travelled as far as Wimborne St Giles and north of Chichester to make sure people were safe.

At one stage during the night the water levels near Chichester doubled in the space of just 20 minutes, flowing at high speed.  The RNLI volunteers who make up the south west Flood Rescue Team joined members of other emergency services to ensure the safety of local people. 

Tom Mansell is the Flood Rescue Team Manager in the south west:

‘We were called to make sure people were safe and accounted for in the treacherous conditions. This involved wading through the rising water which was running at speed so our training was vital, but we were able to play our part in providing the community with multi-agency protection. Fortunately everyone was accounted for and we were able to return to our base.’

The south west RNLI Flood Rescue Team, which is sponsored by Toolstation of Bridgwater in Somerset, is made up of volunteers from across the charity. Amongst those who responded last night were volunteers from Looe, Rock and Saltash in Cornwall, Dartmouth in Devon, Lyme Regis, Swanage, Weymouth and the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, Dorset, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington in Hampshire. 

At present the team are still at Christchurch fire station.

RNLI notes to editors

The attached picture shows four of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team before they set off from the charity’s support base in Saltash, Cornwall last night. They are from left to right, Tom Mansell, RNLI Flood Team Manager, Chris Tracey from Dart lifeboat station, James Batters from Rock lifeboat station and Dave Jackman from Looe lifeboat station. Please credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.
 

Byline: 18 members of the south West RNLI Flood Rescue Team were deployed to Dorset overnight to join a multi-agency reaction to rising water levels.
Page Content:

The group of trained volunteers from the charity were based at Christchurch Fire Station but travelled as far as Wimborne St Giles and north of Chichester to make sure people were safe.

At one stage during the night the water levels near Chichester doubled in the space of just 20 minutes, flowing at high speed.  The RNLI volunteers who make up the south west Flood Rescue Team joined members of other emergency services to ensure the safety of local people. 

Tom Mansell is the Flood Rescue Team Manager in the south west:

‘We were called to make sure people were safe and accounted for in the treacherous conditions. This involved wading through the rising water which was running at speed so our training was vital, but we were able to play our part in providing the community with multi-agency protection. Fortunately everyone was accounted for and we were able to return to our base.’

The south west RNLI Flood Rescue Team, which is sponsored by Toolstation of Bridgwater in Somerset, is made up of volunteers from across the charity. Amongst those who responded last night were volunteers from Looe, Rock and Saltash in Cornwall, Dartmouth in Devon, Lyme Regis, Swanage, Weymouth and the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, Dorset, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington in Hampshire. 

At present the team are still at Christchurch fire station.

RNLI notes to editors

The attached picture shows four of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team before they set off from the charity’s support base in Saltash, Cornwall last night. They are from left to right, Tom Mansell, RNLI Flood Team Manager, Chris Tracey from Dart lifeboat station, James Batters from Rock lifeboat station and Dave Jackman from Looe lifeboat station. Please credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.