Jan 27, 2021

Apple watch call saves cyclist swept into River Wye

A cyclist was rescued from a flooded river after calling 999 from his Apple watch as he clung to a tree. Station commander Sean Bailey said he was "Lucky" to have kept hold of the branch, adding: "We're very surprised he didn't lose his grip." The man was rescued about one mile from where he went into the river, Mr Bailey said, adding he was "Very quickly swept into the fast-flowing" part of the river. "Our guys are very well trained for this sort of event, but we can't replicate those situations, the high river levels that you get when it's in full flood." "He is a very lucky man to have been able to get hold of a branch and then spend probably 20 minutes in the water whilst he's clinging onto that branch, we're very surprised he didn't lose his grip."

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