Southsea firefighter part of Balkan rescue campaign

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ONE of Southsea fire station’s crew members has flown to the Balkans to assist with a pan-European relief effort after parts of the region suffered the worst flooding in its history.

Firefighter Robin Bates was joined by Graham Libby from Hampshire Fire and Rescue’s headquarters in Eastleigh flew to Belgrade early on Saturday as part of the UK’s 33-man international search and rescue team.

States of emergency have been declared in areas of Serbia and Bosnia, with rivers bursting banks and landslides burying homes. Three people are known to have died so far.