Fresh 'weather bomb' set to batter Britain

Jan 28, 2013

Local hero, 63, saves life of six-month-old baby as forecasters warn of new floods

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BRITAIN is facing another "weather bomb" as heavy rains combine with gale-force winds. The Met Office has issued a 'yellow warning' for rain in southwest England, Wales and northwest England while more than 60 flood alerts are in place.

Over the weekend storms were described as a meteorological "bomb" by experts after they reached pressure levels normally seen in Category 4 Hurricanes, the The Times reports. The bad weather caused havock across the country:

Somerset: Six-month-old Sam Cooper's life was saved by dock master George Reeder after his buggy was blown into the 12ft deep water Watchet Harbour. Reeder, 63, told the Daily Mirror he heard the child's mother, Kate Cooper, screaming and dived in to pull the pram – and baby – to safety from the freezing water. The baby was resuscitated and is now out of hospital.

London: Both a 34-year-old mother and her two year old daughter had to be rescued from the Thames in Isleworth, West London. The pair, who have not been named, are said to have escaped without any serious injuries despite spending around 10 minutes in the 8ft deep freezing river, the Daily Telegraph reports. Chiswick's Royal National Lifeboat Institution said the woman had got into difficulties when trying to rescue her child.

North Yorkshire: A canoeist in North Yorkshire died shortly after being rescued from the swollen river of Arkie Beck, near Reeth, on Sunday.

West Wales: Customers and staff at The Ship Inn, Pembrokeshire, for a Friday Burns Night supper had to clamber over chairs to reach dry land after the nearby River Solva's banks breached and water began to pour over the pub's flood gates.

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