In Umberleigh, near Barnstaple in north Devon, a woman was swept away from her car in the early hours of Sunday after becoming stuck in fast-flowing flood water.

A police helicopter found her clinging to branches of a tree – where she had been for 50 minutes – on the banks of the swollen River Taw.

She was rescued by a RNLI lifeboat, and treated for exposure to the water.

Her husband told the BBC that he “never thought I would see her again


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