Firefighters rescue motorists from flood water in Dales

The car was washed into a field. Photo: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters came to the rescue of several motorists stuck in flood water in the Dales overnight.

The call-outs came after heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday morning caused flooding on several roads around the district, particularly in Wensleydale.

In one incident, firefighters rescued two men, one aged in their 20s and another in their 40s, as well as their two dogs.

The men’s vehicle had got stuck in flowing flood water near Hawes.

The car had been washed down the road and through a gap in the wall.

On arrival, Hawes crew sent in three personnel in water rescue gear but they were unable to reach the occupants of the car.

They then waited for the specialist water rescue team from Richmond to help using their boat.

At 2.40am this morning, crews rescued a male and female, both aged in their 20s, from the roof of their car after they drove into deep floodwater near Aysgarth.

The crews again used a water rescue boat.

Firefighters then walked a woman in her 20s to safety through shallow flood water following a minor road traffic collision after she drove through floodwater near Wensley.

This call-out came in at 3.35am.

Firefighters were also called to a chimney fire in  Aysgarth on Saturday evening.

The fire was confined to chimney and out on arrival.

It was believed to have been caused by an accumulation of soot.