Trapped bus passengers rescued

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A group of passengers, including four children, trapped on a Stagecoach bus in floodwater in Dailly have been succesfully airlifted to safety.

Police launched an operation to rescue passengers and a driver on the bus this afternoon in Dailly after it became engulfed by water.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were joined by the Rescue 177 rescue helicopter.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Royal Navy and the Coastguard were all on the scene of the incident in the village of Dailly, which unfolded around 1.30pm on Wednesday, December 30 after the River Girvan burst its banks.

The bus involved is a Stagecoach single decker vehicle, thought to be a service 58.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police were called around 13.35 hours on Wednesday 30 December to a report of a bus stuck in flood water near to Dailly Cemetery.”