Feb 20

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Byline: Fifteen Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteers returned home last night (Wednesday) from Somerset after assisting other emergency services in the flood relief effort.
Page Content: The specialist Flood Rescue Team volunteers travelled to Somerset on Saturday to work alongside the Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Police and other emergency services to assist flood-hit communities.  Over the four day deployment, the RNLI volunteers transported food and medicine as well as offering advice, reassurance and support to those affected by the floods.

Traditionally, the Flood Rescue Team are called upon to assist in search and rescue during a flood incident, however, given the unprecedented size and scale of this incident and the anticipated duration, the charity assisted those communities affected in a ‘relief’ role, alongside other emergency services.

Simon Bunting, RNLI Flood Rescue Team member said:

‘The RNLI Flood Rescue Team were glad to be asked to work alongside the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to try and help those communities that have been affected by flooding in Somerset.’

This is the third time in three months that the team have been deployed to assist communities affected by flooding.

RNLI volunteers who assisted in the flood deployment to Somerset were from Beaumaris, Aberystwyth, Angle, Horton and Port Eynon, the Mumbles, Porthcawl, Penarth, Barry Dock as well as RNLI staff based at St Asaph and Haverfordwest.


Notes to editor
Attached are photos taken by the RNLI Flood Rescue Team during the four day deployment.
Footage from the deployment is available to download.
Credit: RNLI

RNLI media contact
For more information contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Press Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

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