TWO men and a motorbike have been rescued after being washed downstream in a North Yorkshire ford today thanks to a passing bus driver who spotted them struggling.

Two men, both in their 40s, have been rescued after passing through a ford in Gayle, Hawes, where they were washed downstream and became trapped in fast flowing water.

A passing bus driver saw the pair struggling and called the emergency services.

North Yorkshire Fire Sevice deployed a swift water rescue team, made up of two normal fire engines from North Yorkshire and specialist apparatus from both Hawes and Leyburn. They arrived at the scene at 11.14am.

Both men, who "were suffering from the cold water, possibly with shock" and were believed to have been in the water around an hour, were being looked at by Yorkshire Ambulance Service when fire crews left the scene at 1.11pm.