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A day in the life of a flood rescue volunteer

Adrian Mayhew, a founding member of South Worcester Flood Rescue Unit, talks about his role in a volunteer emergency response group set up to support activity around the river Avon and surrounding areas.

We set up South Worcester Lifeguards 40 years ago following a death in the river Avon in Pershore, Worcestershire. The community raised money for a pool to enable local people to learn to swim, but since then the facility has been used to team life saving. South Worcester Lifeguards, from which South Worcester Flood Rescue Unit spawned in 2009, now has over 200 members aged six to 80.

As a flood rescue volunteer, there are no two days the same working on an incident. It won't always be dramatic with lots of people involved; for example recently we were asked to capture over 60 cruiser and canal boats that had come off the moorings at the local marina and spread all over nearby fields due to flooding - luckily no one was on the boats.

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