Boy, 13, rescued after falling down eight foot bank

Fire crews have rescued a 13-year-old boy who had fallen down an eight foot bank into water.

Crews from Hatherleigh, Okehampton and Camels Head were all called out on Monday afternoon after calls reported the teenager had fallen down a bank into water.

On arrival at the incident, which happened near Okehampton, the Incident Commander confirmed that the boy had fallen down an eight foot bank and was stuck in about two foot of water.

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Crews got to work to assist the boy from the river using a short extension ladder and dry suits, after an hour, he was rescued.

The boy sustained minor injuries and was treated by paramedics on scene, a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.

The incident came on a day when the Met Office has warned of heavy rain which may cause travel disruption and flooding in some places, with Plymouth, as well as parts of East Devon, seeing torrential downpours.

The weather though is set to improve from Tuesday, with sunny spells and temperatures above 20C.

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