added by Emma
February 12, 2014
Yet again, parts of Britain find themselves underwater.
- Environment Agency has urged people to stay away from the sea and rivers because they risk being killed
- Almost 300 flood alerts and warnings in England and Wales, with torrential rain expected to batter South first
- Met Office warns rain could give way to ice and snow as bitterly cold Arctic air brings freezing temperatures
- Third death last night as 47-year-old man's mobility scooter falls into river in Oxford off flooded pathway
- The Met Office has issued a rare red warning for gusts of up to 100mph in west Wales and north-west England.
- There are sixteen severe flood warnings in Berkshire, Surrey and Somerset.
Yet again, Flying Fish have sent numerous emails and letters and offers of help - to the RNLI, to Somerset Council, to COBRA, to the head of the environment agency Paul Leinster. We've even gone as far as contacting the offices of the Home Secretary and Prime Minister to offer our services in the flood relief efforts on the River Thames and Somerset Levels. We've sent literally dozens of emails and not had a single response, just one or two replies fobbing us off!
Now I know these are busy folks but really - if ever the hovercraft was to prove its worth, these flood conditions are what they were designed for. Able to easily travel over any depth of water, irrespective of the gate/log/sunken car/road sign inches below the surface - hovercraft are safer, faster and more use in flood conditions than any other vehicle. When we get enquiries from people wanting to buy hovercraft for a purpose better suited to a boat, I've always advised them to use a boat... hovercraft aren't 'magic' - they do have their limitations and in many environments, there are other amphibious vehicles that may be more suitable (who didn't love the 'Quadski' seen this week on Top Gear for instance!)
But this isn't one - this is hovercraft territory! To not exploit a great British invention at a time like this is madness.
In Australia in 2010, we helped out the SES (State Emergency Services) and they were 'wowed' by the capabilities of our small hovercraft (their own boat has caught its propeller on that gate post on Day One... result - no more boat!) and we ran round with medics, delivered insulin and provided transport through some terribly demanding conditions. It was an eye opener and our offer of help is made with that knowledge.
Look at this... What's more sensible, safer and quicker....
Or this? (Australia 2010)
So, come on folks - we have two craft equipped, on standby with experienced pilots - , ready to assist in flood relief operations.
All we need is your call!
Our numbers (01304) 619820 and we're awaiting your call.