Police piggy-back rescue at Eel Pie Island

Staff WriterIncidents, Weather

Eel Pie Island (File Photo)

POLICE officers gave piggy-back rides to members of the public left stranded by flooding at Eel Pie Island on Tuesday.

Twenty-five people were cut off from the road at Twickenham because the river had risen up, leaving them unable to leave the island via the footbridge.

Six Special Constables from Twickenham MPS waded through the water, which half a metre high and subject to strong currents and floating debris, and carried the twenty-five people back to dry land.

Special Sergeant Milad Amini said: “The good news is that all those stranded were piggy-backed to safety from the flooded area were delighted to be able to get home as a result. On the downside all of our uniforms and boots were very wet and we had to spend the next 40 minutes drying out back at the police station before continuing with our shift!”

Pictured L-R: Special Constable Daniel Sanderson, Special Sergeant Milad Amini,Special Constable Mark Barmore. Photo Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Flood warnings remain in place at various locations along the Thames at the time of writing and more bad weather is predicted.