Stirling firefighters rescue 14 from flooded rugby club

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By Sean Rooney

Stirling Rugby Club Water Rescue

FIREFIGHTERS in Stirling assisted 14 people to safety after rapidly rising flood waters stranded them in a rugby club.

Operations Control mobilised a specialist water rescue unit and two fire engines to Causeway Road in Stirling as heavy rain affected many parts of Scotland on Monday, June 25.

Crews used specialist skills and equipment to transfer people from the affected rugby club to a safe area.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended several flooding related incidents on Monday while a severe weather warning was in place.

Firefighters worked throughout East and Central Scotland with partners to protect communities and property as torrential rain caused widespread localised flooding.

Roddie Keith, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Stirling, said: “The specially trained water rescue teams from Stirling Community Fire Station worked very professionally to conduct these rescues last night.

“These firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with the most arduous of water rescue incidents including rescue from fast flowing rivers, rescue from gorges and ravines involving ropes and harnesses as well as this form of rescue from relatively static flood water.  

“I am delighted that the 14 persons trapped within the clubhouse at Stirling County Rugby Club were rescued safely and without so much as getting their feet wet.”

LSO Keith added: “I would like to extend my thanks also to the communities and our partners who once again played a vital role in ensuring all incidents were brought to a safe conclusion.”

 

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