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VIDEO: Boxing Day rescue of pensioner David Hardaker from his flooded Brighouse home

David Hardaker had lived in River Street home for 60 years

An 86-year-old man was rescued by canoe after water levels rose to waist height outside his home in River Street, Brighouse.

Details of the Boxing Day rescue emerged as a clean-up continued in the road.

David Hardaker, who has lived there for 60 years is now safely ensconced at his son Stephen’s home in Surrey.

His daughter-in-law, Jenny Hardaker said: “My husband Stuart and I finally persuaded him to leave.

“I think he said: ‘I have got a book and a torch and I am upstairs and I’m fine’ and I said: ‘No, we coming to get you.’ He finally left at 5pm in a canoe on Boxing Day.”

Aftermath of flooding in River Street, Brighouse.

She added that the water had come up through the floor.

She said: “He had knelt down to get something and found that his knees were wet.

“He and his late wife Amy had lived there for 60 years.

“He stayed with us for a couple of nights before going to Stephen’s.”



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