Emergency services rescue elderly man stuck in flood water on mobility scooter in Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: Emergency services rescue elderly man stuck in flood water on mobility scooter Emergency services rescue elderly man stuck in flood water on mobility scooter

AN elderly man found himself trapped in flood water on his mobility scooter near Asda in Hereford this morning.

Emergency services were called to rescue the man who had become stuck in rising flood water on a footpath underneath Greyfriars Bridge at around 8.30am.

Fire crews from Hereford, Worcester and Ross-on-Wye helped to rescue him and ambulance crews checked him over at the scene.

He was not injured and did not require hospital treatment.

Fire crews also rescued two females who were trapped in a car in flood water near Leintwardine last night.

Both were uninjured and were transported home.

Buses to Wigmore High School have also been cancelled this morning due to flooding in the north of the county.

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11:21am Thu 6 Feb 14

Clarkester says...

Unbelievable!
What a waste of resources.
How did this even work?
I presume the Hereford crew arrived first, so did they wait for the Ross team to turn up? Then both wait again until the team from Worcester arrived?
How fast was the water rising?
It surely wasn't rising so fast that there was no water when he started going under the bridge, but suddenly he was engulfed? I know those scooters can be a bit slow, but really?
Path flooded? Check.
Battery powered mobility scooter? Check.
Ah, should be fine then!
The mind boggles! Mine does anyway!
Unbelievable! What a waste of resources. How did this even work? I presume the Hereford crew arrived first, so did they wait for the Ross team to turn up? Then both wait again until the team from Worcester arrived? How fast was the water rising? It surely wasn't rising so fast that there was no water when he started going under the bridge, but suddenly he was engulfed? I know those scooters can be a bit slow, but really? Path flooded? Check. Battery powered mobility scooter? Check. Ah, should be fine then! The mind boggles! Mine does anyway! Clarkester
  • Score: 15

8:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

med2162 says...

I despair......
I despair...... med2162
  • Score: 1

5:01am Fri 7 Feb 14

richardsharpe15535855 says...

I agree, I have no idea how it works but it must be wrong. I wasn't there so can only make wild stabs in the dark as to the situation but I think its wrong anyway, who cares about the safety of firefighters. Never mind placing spotters downstream as a safety net and a second boat to ensure the welfare of the first, forget all the research in water rescue techniques, a life isn't worth the money spent on the response. I hope if I'm ever in trouble and my life's at risk, they phone up the accountant first and if costs more than a couple of bob, just write me off. Hopefully my family will get by without me.
I agree, I have no idea how it works but it must be wrong. I wasn't there so can only make wild stabs in the dark as to the situation but I think its wrong anyway, who cares about the safety of firefighters. Never mind placing spotters downstream as a safety net and a second boat to ensure the welfare of the first, forget all the research in water rescue techniques, a life isn't worth the money spent on the response. I hope if I'm ever in trouble and my life's at risk, they phone up the accountant first and if costs more than a couple of bob, just write me off. Hopefully my family will get by without me. richardsharpe15535855
  • Score: -5

6:05am Fri 7 Feb 14

Clarkester says...

Richard... if the gentleman in question had slipped from the path and ended up in the river, then the response would of course be justified, but no... From reading the report it would appear that he tried to ride through the flooded path and got stuck when his scooter decided that it didn't like being submerged in water.
Is it not too much to expect people to employ a little common sense?
Surely he could see that the path was flooded? Surely??
Fire and Rescue budgets are being constantly squeezed and reduced, and when you get people getting stuck and needing three crews from different areas to help them out of what was an incident caused by one persons behaviour...
As I said earlier, the mind boggles...
Richard... if the gentleman in question had slipped from the path and ended up in the river, then the response would of course be justified, but no... From reading the report it would appear that he tried to ride through the flooded path and got stuck when his scooter decided that it didn't like being submerged in water. Is it not too much to expect people to employ a little common sense? Surely he could see that the path was flooded? Surely?? Fire and Rescue budgets are being constantly squeezed and reduced, and when you get people getting stuck and needing three crews from different areas to help them out of what was an incident caused by one persons behaviour... As I said earlier, the mind boggles... Clarkester
  • Score: 7

7:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

saidflo says...

The fire service send a number of crews to each emergency usually, depending on various factors.
In an emergency it's comforting to know they are there. I have been rescued from a car accident which wasn't my fault but if it had been me at fault they would still have helped me - thank god!!!
The fire service send a number of crews to each emergency usually, depending on various factors. In an emergency it's comforting to know they are there. I have been rescued from a car accident which wasn't my fault but if it had been me at fault they would still have helped me - thank god!!! saidflo
  • Score: 5

6:44pm Sat 8 Feb 14

richardsharpe15535855 says...

I said I agreed with you, leave the silly old codger to his fate. My Gran had a mobility scooter. She struggled a bit with it because her mental capabilities weren't what they once were and her glasses wanted changing, drove it off a kerb and fell out. We told her "its your own fault you daft trout, sort it out yourself". Its a dog eat dog world out there and its every man for himself. Perhaps if we lived in a richer, more civilised country, people wouldn't begrudge others trying to help their fellow humans.
I said I agreed with you, leave the silly old codger to his fate. My Gran had a mobility scooter. She struggled a bit with it because her mental capabilities weren't what they once were and her glasses wanted changing, drove it off a kerb and fell out. We told her "its your own fault you daft trout, sort it out yourself". Its a dog eat dog world out there and its every man for himself. Perhaps if we lived in a richer, more civilised country, people wouldn't begrudge others trying to help their fellow humans. richardsharpe15535855
  • Score: -5

10:46am Mon 10 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Blimey richardsharpe.
I go along with Clarkester on this one. As far as I'm concerned the vulnerable and frail should be left to fend for themselves.
As Clarkester quite rightly infers, I don't see why the strong should go out to work and pay taxes so these freeloaders who are less able than the rest of us should get a free ride.
As far as I'm concerned there should be no ambulances, old peoples homes, police or anything to protect the vulnerable. It's the law of the jungle and in the spirit of natural selection, only the strong will survive.
Empathy is weakness as is kindness and compassion.
Well said Clarkester.
I hope you have insurance old boy and that you are never ill or old or infirm or unemployed yourself, I certainly don't intend to be.
I'll fight you for the top of the hill.
Blimey richardsharpe. I go along with Clarkester on this one. As far as I'm concerned the vulnerable and frail should be left to fend for themselves. As Clarkester quite rightly infers, I don't see why the strong should go out to work and pay taxes so these freeloaders who are less able than the rest of us should get a free ride. As far as I'm concerned there should be no ambulances, old peoples homes, police or anything to protect the vulnerable. It's the law of the jungle and in the spirit of natural selection, only the strong will survive. Empathy is weakness as is kindness and compassion. Well said Clarkester. I hope you have insurance old boy and that you are never ill or old or infirm or unemployed yourself, I certainly don't intend to be. I'll fight you for the top of the hill. mizza21
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