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Three men who died after their 4×4 was ‘swept away’ by Yorkshire river are named | UK News

Three men who died after their 4×4 was “swept away” as it tried to cross a river have been named by police.

Scott Thomas Daddy, from Hull, Leslie Forbes, from the East Yorkshire area, and Kenneth Patrick Hibbins, known as Patrick, from York, died on the North York Moors on Thursday.

Tributes from their friends and family were shared by North Yorkshire Police in an update on Friday.

Firefighters eventually pulled the vehicle from the River Esk near Glaisdale.

Passionate Hull FC supporter Scott, 28, was “a loving son, brother, uncle and boyfriend”, the statement said.

“He had a big future ahead of him. He will always be missed by his loving family.”

Leslie, 70, was “a loving husband, father and grandfather, who will be sadly missed by his family and friends”.

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Patrick, 59, “will be sadly missed by all his close friends and work colleagues”.

Another man who attempted to save those inside the 4×4 was pulled to safety from the river and was reported to have been receiving medical treatment.

Storm Babet: Woman who died after being swept into river at Glen Esk named as Wendy Taylor | UK News

A woman who died after being swept into a river during Storm Babet has been named as Wendy Taylor.

The 57-year-old’s body was recovered from the Water of Lee at Glen Esk in Scotland.

She had got into difficulty there on Thursday after heavy rain caused by the storm.

Her family said they were “absolutely heartbroken to lose Wendy in such tragic circumstances”.

“Wendy was a beautiful, kind, funny and caring person. She was a ray of sunshine for everyone who was fortunate enough to know her,” said a statement.

“Wendy was the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate in life to George, mother to James, Sally, and Susanna and granny to India and George.”

Police Scotland attended the river at around 1.45pm on Thursday and her body was recovered at around 4pm.

The force said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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Mrs Taylor is one of four people confirmed to have died as a result of Storm Babet, which brought immense rain and devastating flooding across parts of the UK.

Among the other victims is 83-year-old Maureen Gilbert, whose home in Chesterfield was flooded.

Her son told Sky News how he found her body floating in the water at the property.

Elsewhere, a search continues in Aberdeenshire after a report of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater.

While the rain has mostly subsided, the Environment Agency has warned major rivers in affected areas, including Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, could be flooded until Tuesday.

Two severe flood warnings are in place around the River Idle, near Retford, meaning risk of death or serious injury.

Train services in parts of Scotland, Yorkshire, and East Anglia also remain disrupted.

Walker airlifted to hospital after being swept over waterfall in Scotland | UK News

A walker suffered multiple injuries and had to be airlifted to hospital after he was swept over a waterfall in Scotland.

The man lost his footing and fell into a burn – a stream – which led to the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall near Moffat, in Dumfries and Galloway in the Scottish Lowlands, in challenging weather conditions on Saturday morning.

He was then swept over one of a series of waterfalls – a fall of 10-15m (about 33-49ft) – before being carried further along the burn by the current, according to the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team.

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The waterfall is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the south of Scotland, with a main fall of 60m (about 197ft) – making it the fifth highest cascade in the UK.

Mountain rescuers attended the scene alongside other emergency services including police and firefighters, as well as helicopters from the coastguard and the Helimed trauma team, after the alarm was raised at 10.30am.

A Helimed crew prepare to fly the injured man to hospital in Glasgow

Rescuers had to contend with winds of up to 40mph as they sought to extract the man from the area. He was winched from the water and initial care was given to him on the banks of the stream before he was taken by helicopter to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Mountain rescue team leader James Coles said: “He lost his footing and slipped in. The main waterfall is huge, fortunately he didn’t go over that one, but there is a series of upper waterfalls.

“He was swept along the burn then over the waterfall and was then swept further along the burn and somehow he managed to stop himself.

Handout photo dated 14/01/23 issued by Moffat Mountain Rescue Team of rescue operation after a man lost his footing and fell into the burn at the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway. The man was airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries after he was swept over a waterfall. Issue date: Sunday January 15, 2023.

“He was there with friends and they raised the alarm. It was a bit of bad luck, they were trying to take photos of the lovely scenery and it appears he slipped and ended up in the burn.”

A spokesman for the rescue team said: “With gusts of wind up to 40mph, all teams involved had a challenging day on the hill before being stood down at 2.30pm.”

UK weather: One person swept into river and hundreds of others face flooding threat as heavy rain batters Scotland | UK News

A woman has been reportedly swept into the River Don in Aberdeenshire, as heavy rain is set to bring more disruption to Scotland as well as the northeast of England today.

Police Scotland said the force was called to the river near to Monymusk in Aberdeenshire at around 3.05pm on Friday following reports of a person in the water.

While the search was stood down overnight, police inquiries are ongoing.

The person, who is believed to be a woman, may have been trying to rescue a dog, according to reports.

It comes as much of Scotland and northeast England have been battered by heavy rain in the past few days.

In the northeast of Scotland, the council has urged residents to protect their properties from flooding, with some areas including Stonehaven and Inverurie experiencing power cuts.

Rest centres have been opened in some parts of Aberdeenshire after flood warnings escalated to severe.

Significant increases in river levels across the east of Scotland due to persistent rain are expected to continue today.

‘A month’s worth of rain in some parts’

Vincent Fitzsimons, flood duty manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), said: “We have seen almost a month’s worth of rain in some parts already this week and we are expecting around the same again over the course of Friday and Saturday in parts of northeast Scotland.”

He added that the worst impacts will occur between early Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, with riverside communities in parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus facing the highest risks.

Sepa has issued seven severe flood warnings and 30 flood warnings in Scotland.

People living and working in the affected areas have been advised to plan and prepare only essential journeys.

Travel disruptions are expected on much of the rail network in Scotland and northeast England, due to flooding and power cuts.

Travel disruptions and advice:

  • National Rail says that speed restrictions will be in place on a number of routes in Scotland meaning trains may be cancelled, delayed, revised or suspended – causing disruption until at least lunchtime on Saturday
  • Major rail disruption is expected between Newcastle and Edinburgh until the end of Saturday because of flooding which had blocked the line on Friday
  • ScotRail has urged passengers to check journeys ahead of travel using their app or social media with some passengers being told not to travel
  • Police Scotland has warned drivers to plan ahead, be mindful of increased stopping distances and be prepared with warm clothing and sufficient fuel should they be delayed

There has also been localised flooding in some parts of Edinburgh, with pictures showing the Crewe Toll roundabout in the west of the city submerged under water.

On Friday, hundreds of people were left stranded at Newcastle Station due to the cancelled services north to Scotland, with huge queues for replacement buses and passengers told they might have to wait up to five hours to board.

Queues for the bus services stretched hundreds of metres down the street outside the city centre station and spiralled around the concourse inside.

Hundreds of rail passengers queue outside Newcastle train station for replacement buses after trains to Scotland were cancelled due to flooding
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Hundreds of rail passengers queue outside Newcastle train station for replacement buses

One woman heading for Edinburgh said: “This just can’t be happening. I’ve got a health condition and I can’t wait outside like this.”

James Brownhill, from London, said: “It’s just chaos. But there’s nothing you can do. If it’s flooded, it’s flooded.

“I think I’m just going to have to stay in Newcastle tonight.”