Helicopter rescues passengers after bus is stranded in flood water

Police Scotland are attempting to rescue up to 12 people stuck on a bus in Dailly, South Ayrshire
Police Scotland are attempting to rescue up to 12 people stuck on a bus in Dailly, South Ayrshire

Twelve people including two children have been rescued from a bus in South Ayrshire after it was stranded in flood water.

Ten passengers were airlifted by a Royal Navy helicopter from the vehicle when it became stuck in Dailly at about 1.35pm today.

A further two people were taken off the bus by officers from Police Scotland’s marine unit.

The four men, six women, a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl were all taken to a local community centre to be assessed by medical staff, police confirmed. None of the passengers needed to go to hospital.

The bus is expected to be removed from the scene on tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach said: “One of our buses travelling from Girvan to Ayr was involved in an incident near Dailly this afternoon.

“The road, which was open to traffic at the time, was affected by flooding and we are assisting the emergency services in dealing with the situation.”

Dumfries and Galloway bore the brunt of the severe weather which caused disruption to road, rail and ferry services right across the country.

The storm has also left thousands of homes without power and severe floods in its wake.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued a “severe flooding - danger to life” warning for Whitesands in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Government’s resilience committee has met to assess the response to what environment minister Aileen McLeod described as a “very serious situation”.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said flood levels in Newton Stewart had exceeded those experienced by the town in November 2012.

Homes have been evacuated and a rest centre set up at Douglas Ewart High School.

The local authority said Moffat had effectively been cut off by floods, with the A701 closed both north and south of the town.