River Severn holiday cottage Christmas rescue for family

"We were warned there may be a bit of a puddle," Simon Hughes said

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A family who rented a holiday cottage along a river have been rescued after becoming stranded in flood water.

Twelve members of the Hughes family booked a holiday at Ferryman's Cottage in Uckinghall, on the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire border.

But the River Severn burst its banks soon after their arrival leaving them marooned in the cottage for one week.

Simon Hughes, 44, said: "We were warned there may be a bit of a puddle, but it wasn't anything to worry about."

The family of eight adults and four children became stranded when flood water started rising on 22 December - the first day of their holiday.

Mr Hughes, from Melksham in Wiltshire, had decided on the rural cottage as it was the easiest location for their relatives in Manchester, Wales and West Sussex.

'Slightly frustrating'
Holiday cottage The river levels rose a few hours after the Hughes family arrived, forcing the flood gates to be closed off

"We had a lot of reassurances that the property was not in peril, as it is quite raised so there is never any water coming into the property itself," said Mr Hughes.

"It was slightly frustrating to say the least because you couldn't get out and about, but the house was large enough for people to do their own thing and we could do some communal things."

The family was in no immediate danger so arrangements were made to leave by boat.

Mr Hughes said: "We've got generations of people there - so it was lot more sensible and that's what we were encouraged to do."

The family left the cottage on Saturday after organising the rescue boat through the local flood co-ordinator.

"There was an element of excitement - it will be something for the kids to remember for quite some years to come," added Mr Hughes.

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