Firefighters in Preston send rescue boat out to swollen River Ribble

Preston firefighters found themselves in an unusual role last night when their primary concern wasn't a raging fire - it was raging water.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 12:16 pm
Firefighters at Preston were called out to the River Ribble last night

The fire service's rescue boat was called out twice to incidents relating to the swollen River Ribble, said to be fast-flowing due to high winds and torrential rain.

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A spokesman said: "In the event, we weren't needed but we do ask people to urgently heed the weather warnings and stay away from large areas of water where possible."