One of the  more unusual rafts competing in the race was this Volkswagen Beetle

THIS WEEK IN 1975: ‘Water-beetle’ seen on Southsea beach

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Fire crews responded to seven incidents where people had become stuck in flood water on Sunday morning.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning Hampshire motorists about the dangers of driving through flood water after occupants became trapped in their cars after attempting to drive through a ford or other flooding.

It is urging people not to drive through flooded roads or fords as it says the water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast.