‘Emergency’ on the river

Water Works: Officers from the Environment Agency use the oxy-jet system to oxygenate the water in the River Derwent between Ambergate and Whatstandwell as part of their exercise Operation Rubber Duck.

Water Works: Officers from the Environment Agency use the oxy-jet system to oxygenate the water in the River Derwent between Ambergate and Whatstandwell as part of their exercise Operation Rubber Duck.

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EMERGENCY teams raced to Ambergate after a tanker ‘crashed in to the bridge spilling its contents in to the River Derwent’.

Staff from the Environment Agency and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service rushed to the scene to try to limit the impact on the river.

And team members only found out later that their work was part of a simulation exercise called Exercise Rubber Duck.

The major pollution exercise started with the ‘crash’ on the Whatstandwell Bridge on the A6 and tested response times to stop pollution spreading through the water. The tanker contained river water with green dye.

The River Derwent is one of the cleanest stretches of water in the region. If oil were to get into the water, it would need to be re-oxygenated to help living things in the river survive.