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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 June 2007, 06:18 GMT 07:18 UK
Marooned camper in river rescue
Man being rescued by firefighters
Firefighters used a rescue boat to bring the man to safety
A man who camped on a river island in the middle of a town has been rescued after being marooned for two days.

The man, thought to be aged 35, had been trying to attract the attention of passers-by since Sunday, said North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

But the fast-flowing River Dee on either side of the island in Llangollen prevented his escape after heavy rain.

He was finally spotted by a passer-by, who alerted the fire service, who then got safety lines across to the island.

The fire service said the man was unhurt but warned against the dangers of fast-flowing waters.

Firefighters from Llangollen and the water incident unit in Ruthin were called to Abbey Road just before 1445 BST on Tuesday to rescue him.

The water rescue unit from Ruthin was then able to use an inflatable boat, ropes and rescue lines to reach to the island.

The man was then taken to the riverbank.

River Dee, Llangollen
Days of heavy rain have made the Dee's waters treacherous
Paul Scott, from the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, appealed to the public to take care when involved in outdoor activities and advised anyone intending on venturing out on rivers to carry out a full risk assessment before doing so.

"At this time of year, the weather can be extremely unpredictable and conditions can change in a matter of minutes," he said.

"Any low-lying areas near to the water course are subject to flooding during conditions like those we have experienced this week - this river appears to have risen very quickly, leaving the man trapped in an area he had previously thought was high enough from the water to be safe.

"Obviously, at this time of year and following our recent heavy rainfall, we would urge all outdoor pursuits enthusiasts to be mindful of the dangers of the fast flowing rivers we have here in North Wales."

Similar rescues also placed "tremendous pressure" on fire service resources, which could be needed at life-threatening emergencies elsewhere, he added.

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