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Cumbrian mountain rescue teams get cash for new gear

Cumbrian mountain rescue teams have received a funding boost to cover the cost of equipment lost or damaged during the November floods.

Allerdale Borough Council said its £21,000 donation to the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association recognised the "great effort" of crews.

The cash has come from flood recovery funding which the council received from the government.

The association said the cash would replace ropes, lights and radios.

Council leader Tim Heslop said: "The donation recognises the great effort that the association put into rescuing people in the immediate aftermath of the devastating floods.

Extreme situations

"They are a voluntary service and they are invaluable in times of trouble.

"They lost quite a lot of equipment during the floods and if we need their help again then we've got to make sure that they are well equipped."

Steve Brailey, chairman of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, said: "We faced some pretty extreme and unprecedented situations in the November floods.

"They took their toll on our emergency vehicles and gear, such as ropes, lights and radios.

"The £21,000 is a major contribution towards replacing the equipment we lost in the floods during our rescue efforts."

Each of the main towns affected by the floods - Cockermouth, Keswick and Workington - have already been given £50,000 from the council to spend on flood recovery measures.

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