A RIVER rescue left firefighters frustrated after a full-scale response was turned back at the last minute.
Four fire engines from two stations, an aerial access engine and a fast response boat dashed down to the Dee at 5.30am on Friday, August 1 after a well-intentioned call saying there was someone in the river.
But police turned them back when it turned out to be someone “causing a disturbance and messing about with the boats”.
One rowing boat at the Groves was left capsized and the brigade response meant the crews would be unavailable in the event of a real emergency.
Nick Johnson-Gough of Chester Fire Station said: “As soon as we get a call like that it takes everything away from the fire stations. It’s a hell of a big turnout.”