stranded in her flooded home for 13 days rescued by BARB boat
lady who has been stranded in her flooded home for 13 days was
rescued by a boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (January
BARB Search & Rescue's inshore rescue boat was in North Curry,
near Taunton, carrying out flood relief training on Sunday morning
when its crew checked on the welfare of several residents.
Anne-Marie Simpson asked to be evacuated from her isolated property
with her dog, Elvis, a Yorkshire terrier, due to the rising flood
crew fitted her with a lifejacket and survival suit before helping
her onto the boat. She was then safely taken half a mile across
the flooded fields to dry land and she will be staying with friends.
said: "I am very grateful to the crew for rescuing us. I
had been in the house for 13 days and was keen to get away. The
scale of the flooding has taken us by surprise."
had decided to move upstairs in her flooded home with a stockpile
of food and 'wait it out' rather than evacuating earlier.
is one of several organisations in the region helping with flood
relief work as part of the Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit.
Operations Manager Mike Lowe said: "We were very happy to
help this lady and her dog, who had been stuck since before Christmas.
It was so gratifying to see the look of relief on Anne-Marie's
face when we got her back onto dry land."
BARB crew reaching the flooded property on Sunday morning
lady being helped through a window to the waiting rescue boat
crewman Andy Croker with Elvis the terrier who was also rescued
around North Curry have been flooded by several weeks of rain
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