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Man swept along Dungiven river as he tried to cross it in 4x4 vehicle

By Claire Williamson

Published 26/01/2016

A pick up lies on it's side in a river at Crebarkey Road outside Dungiven. Picture Martin McKeown. Inprespics.com. 26.01.16
A pick up lies on it's side in a river at Crebarkey Road outside Dungiven. Picture Martin McKeown. Inprespics.com. 26.01.16

A man has been rescued after he got into difficulty and was swept half a mile along a river in his 4x4 vehicle in Dungiven.

The farmer was treated at the scene by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for shock.

He had been trying to cross the river in his 4X4 when he was swept half a mile along the river before becoming jammed against a tree.

He was then able to climb out of the vehicle and get to safety on the riverbank.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 9.51am to a report at the Crebarkey Road area.

Seven fire appliances were sent to the scene and assisted by the Special Rescue Team and the Fire Emergency Support service to help rescue the man.

Station Commander Kieran Doherty said: "Some of his friends and family were there and attempted to try and rescue him.

"In the process of doing that the farmer and his 4x4 were swept about half a mile down the river where he was very fortunate to get stuck against a tree and managed to scramble out of the vehicle and on to the river bank."

A NIFRS spokesman said: "One man was self-rescued from the 4x4 vehicle and the man was treated at the scene by colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for shock. The man did not require hospital treatment following the incident.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 10:10am.”

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