Awards for Doncaster river rescue heroes

Crews from Doncaster White Watch, Edlington White Watch and the Technical Rescue Unit at Dearne White Watch, with Fire Authorities Cllr Alan Atkin (left) and Cllr Andrew Bosmans (right).
Crews from Doncaster White Watch, Edlington White Watch and the Technical Rescue Unit at Dearne White Watch, with Fire Authorities Cllr Alan Atkin (left) and Cllr Andrew Bosmans (right).

Firefighters who rescued a father and son from a flooded weir in Doncaster have been handed an award for their heroism.

Crews from Doncaster, Edlington and Dearne fire stations have been honoured for their role in the rescue last summer during flooding at high flood levels in July of last year.

The pair had tried to sail a fast flowing river in a dinghy, and became trapped within the tow back of the weir, with the father ending up in the water.

The Technical Rescue Unit from Dearne Fire Station arrived to find Edlington and Doncaster crews already there.

A firefighter from Edlington had already been lowered down into the water, fitting a harness to the child within the boat and a twin line system to raise him to safety.

The firefighter then stayed with the frightened child to protect him from large pieces of debris being carried by the flooded waters, clinging onto the dinghy to prevent it being sucked into the weir.

Then, a rescue unit member of the abseiled down into the water and secured the father, until a hauling system was rigged up and the rescue was completed with the help of both crews.

All firefighters involved in the incident have now been awarded a certificate of appreciation at a ceremony at Dearne station near Mexborough.

Area Manager Phil Shillito, said: “This was a life-saving rescue, with all crews that attended pulling together as a team and remaining professional throughout the incident.

“It was a very hazardous situation with a large amount debris in the water.

“Their actions and training shone through and resulted in a very successful rescue.”