AN RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor had to rescue three men from the roof of a Land Rover stuck in deep flood water just to the north of Black Torrington yesterday (Wednesday) evening as almost an inch of rain fell in North Devon. Two of the rescued m

A man is winched to safety

AN RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor had to rescue three men from the roof of a Land Rover stuck in deep flood water just to the north of Black Torrington yesterday (Wednesday) evening as almost an inch of rain fell in North Devon.Two of the rescued men were fire fighters from Hatherleigh and Okehampton who were called to help the stranded driver.Sgt Andy Dixon, of RAF Chivenor, said the firemen managed to wade out to the Land Rover, but the flood water from the nearby River Torridge was very fast moving and they judged it best to stay with the vehicle.The helicopter crew winched them to safety and dropped them off in a nearby field.The rescue took place as the Chivenor helicopter was on a reconnaissance flight to assess the flooding situation for Devon County Council.Many minor roads, especially around Black Torrington, Sheepwash and Bridgerule, were flooded to a depth of around four feet. There were reports that one car was completely submerged by flood water at Sheepwash.