TEN women who were taking part in an organised raft race ended up being rescued from an island in the middle of the River Wye in Herefordshire earlier this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the River Wye near Bye Cross in Moccas shortly after 1pm this afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor attended the scene.

Claire Brown, a West Midlands Ambulance Service press officer, said: “The 10 young women were taking part in a regatta when their raft collided with an island in the middle of the river and capsized. “The 10 women, who were wearing life jackets and fully equipped with safety gear, managed to swim to the small island to await rescue.

“Hereford and Worcester as well as Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services used boats to rescue the marooned women from the island, two at a time, to a campsite further upstream.

“Ambulance crews and the doctor had set up a casualty clearing station in a barn on the campsite where they were able to assess the 10 women.

“Although they were a bit cold and wet from their ordeal, the women were uninjured and weren’t hypothermic. Once they’d had chance to warm up, the women were discharged from care by the doctor.

“The incident was an excellent example of good team work between emergency services.”