The BBC has reported that seven people had to be rescued after their Land Rover became stuck in a river in Perthshire over the weekend. Two staff members and a group of five family and friends were on a driving experience at Crieff Hydro's 4x4 track. They had been attempting to cross a swollen ford when their vehicle was washed off the track into Shaggie Burn.
Emergency services were called to the incident and helped the occupants to safety using a ladder and ropes. The hotel's rural off-road track, situated north of Crieff, runs through a former sand and gravel quarry.
The first fire crews were at the scene within 15 minutes of the call and secured the Land Rover 110 using ropes tied off to trees. The occupants of the Defender were passed life jackets. Then a firefighter made her way to the vehicle using a ladder and ropes and removed the windscreen. The Fire Crew then helped each person out of the Land Rover and along the ladder to safety, where they were checked over by paramedics. Some members of the party received minor cuts and bruises.
Neil Kerr, of Tayside Fire and Rescue, urged the public to be aware of the potential dangers of entering water courses, particularly when in spate, 'Thankfully on this occasion we successfully rescued all those trapped,' he said.
'This incident highlights the dangers associated with water sports and related activities, as levels were noticed to have risen to the window level of the vehicle suddenly and dropped again over a short period of time.'
Fire crews from Crieff and Perth took part in the rescue, and both Tayside Mountain Rescue and Tayside Police's Search and Rescue Teams and paramedics from Crieff and the Scottish Ambulance Service's Special Operations Response Team were mobilised and were en-route.