Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Three killed amid heavy flooding

Holiday-makers get caught by the high waves in North Bay, Scarborough
Flooding hit several areas of the UK including Cornwall and Yorkshire

Three people have been killed and several injured after heavy rain brought death and destruction to the British Isles.

Two people, one of whom is believed to be a missing police officer, were killed in the Irish Republic and a 64-year-old angler was killed after being swept into the sea at Redcar, Cleveland, on Monday.

Rain continued to fall in heavy showers across a weather front which brought heavy rain and high winds to much of the UK as it moved northwards.

Flood warnings for parts of the North Sea coast in Yorkshire and at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire have been lifted.

Localised flooding was also reported across Cornwall, where one area received a month's rainfall in 24 hours, and parts of west Devon.

The man killed in Redcar was reported to have been fishing with another man at the mouth of the River Tees.

He was plucked from the water at South Gare in Redcar and taken to hospital but later died, said Cleveland Police.

A member of the public raised the alarm at about 3.40pm on Monday as a lifeboat crew and other emergency services rushed to the scene.

A 63-year-old man, who was also swept into the sea, managed to get back to land and was taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough suffering from hypothermia. He was released after treatment.

In the Republic of Ireland, rescue workers searching for Garda Ciaran Jones, 25, who was swept away by floods in the Wicklow mountains said they had recovered a body from the River Liffey. It has not yet been formally identified.

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