A mother and her two young children were rescued by emergency services in Co Londonderry last night after they became stranded on a footbridge because of flooding.
The woman had been driving on Mulnavoo Road in Draperstown with her daughters aged six and 15 weeks in the back of the car when she tried to use a crossing point without success.
Heavy rain caused the Moyola River to swell and water levels surrounding the vehicle reached some three feet.
It’s understood the woman climbed on to a footbridge desperately clutching her children. The emergency services including a police helicopter and fire crews from Maghera and Magherafelt responded and rescued the family.
John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the family were treated for shock at the scene and did not require a visit to hospital.