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Passengers airlifted to safety from bus stranded in floods

By Karrie Gillett

Published 31/12/2015

Twelve people, including two children, have been rescued from a bus after it was stranded in flood water as Storm Frank swept across Scotland.

Ten passengers were airlifted by a Royal Navy helicopter from the vehicle when it became stuck in Dailly, South Ayrshire, at about 1.35pm yesterday. A further two people were taken off the bus by officers from Police Scotland's marine unit.

The four men, six women, a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl were all taken to a local community centre to be assessed by medical staff, police confirmed.

The bus is expected to be removed from the scene today.

Phyllis Young was on board the Stagecoach bus when it got into difficulty.

Speaking after the rescue, shesaid: "The water came in the bus, it came up and up and got to the windows and was just like big waves. You could see the current - it was very, very scary.

"We moved up to the back of the bus because the seats were higher. I actually sat on the ledge at the back. Some people were standing on the seat grab bars. My feet and legs were in the water the whole time.

"The whole of the front lower section of the bus was completely covered with water."

A Stagecoach spokeswoman said the road was open to traffic at the time the bus was making the journey from Girvan to Ayr.

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