A group of firefighters headed to Bosnia to help flood victims have a Skegness man among their number.
The other men are all from Lincoln but team leader of the operation is Simon York, from Skegness.
Seven personnel in total from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team have been deployed as part of the UK ISAR Flood Response team to Bosnia and Herzegovina, to support the response to wide-spread flooding affecting the Balkan region.
When deployed the firefighters will be self-sufficient for up to 10 days and operate four powered rescue boat teams, 24 hours a day, in support of the affected communities.
Latest updates on the operation are as follows - Tuesday, May, 20 - 9.15am - Refers to work carried out by the whole UK ISAR team yesterday.
The tasking for today was to carry out search and rescue operations over an area in excess of 16 km2. Four boat teams were deployed this morning at 07:20. The team has carried out a number rescues from the water with depths of over 2.5 metres in low level places. During rescue operations, teams have encountered a number of vulnerable people who have been trapped in their homes and are unable to swim to safety due to the distances involved. They also have little water or food. The team have carried out 42 rescues and a total of 52 additional people have been led to safety from their homes and placed in safe areas by the flood response team. Local residents are overwhelmed with the level of response and are very happy to show their emotions for the assistance they are receiving from the UK team.
Monday, May, 19 - 1.20pm
We have deployed with boats and equipment and have undertaken 10 rescues this morning, we are delivering food and water to those who choose to stay. Flooding is widespread but receding. It has stopped raining, we are working in 35 degree heat.
The team are fit and well and in good spirits.
The Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue ISAR team (Pictured) is made up of top left to bottom right: Alun Roberts (reserve), John Crowder, Chris Lowe, Simon York (Team Leader), Dave Philips, Ashley Hildred and Chris Jefferson.
The make up part of a team of 33 firefighters from Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Merseyside, West Midlands, Mid and West Wales and West Sussex who flew from Manchester along with rescue equipment including four rigid inflatable boats and engines.