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Teenagers rescued from car roof after river overflows and floods road

Published 10/11/2016

Three teenagers were caught when flood waters trapped their car on the Livery Road in Stranocum, Co Antrim
Three teenagers were caught when flood waters trapped their car on the Livery Road in Stranocum, Co Antrim

Three teenagers have been rescued after a fast flowing river trapped their car in Co Antrim.

Heavy rain had swollen the River Bush in Stranocum.

The woman and two men, aged 19, were driving on the Livery Road but were stopped by the flood. They climbed on to the roof of the vehicle and were saved by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokeswoman said: "We received a call last night (Wednesday 9 November) at 7.04pm to attend an incident involving a car with three teenagers trapped in approximately two ft of water at Livery Road, Stranocum."

Two fire appliances from Ballymoney and one from Coleraine attended the incident and used a nine metre ladder and water rescue equipment to rescue the teenagers.

"The teenagers - two boys and a girl - were praised for their actions. When they realised that their car had become stuck in water they dialled 999 and listened to the advice given. They were able to get on to the roof of the car and remain there until the Fire & Rescue Service arrived.

The teenagers were treated at the scene by the Ambulance Service and the incident was dealt with by 7.45pm.

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