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Corry and Kay hailed as heroes

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Martin Corry and Ben Kay have been hailed as heroes after helping motorists and villagers caught in the floods in Gloucestershire.

The Leicester Tigers duo were on their way home for a break from England training at the University of Bath last weekend when they were caught in floods in the village of Weston Subedge near Chipping Camden.

They helped to push stranded cars, and assist motorists and trapped villagers after flood water halted their own progress home. They also handed out some of their dry training kit to those who had been stranded before spending the night in their car and finally making it home 24 hours after leaving Bath.

John Symons, a managing director with builders George Wimpey, West Midlands, was among those grateful for their assistance.

He said: "They lent us some of their training kit to keep warm, which was very much appreciated. Then, with the village street resembling a river, they helped to push cars out of the way and carry flood victims to safety for a number of hours, with a total disregard for their own creature comforts and wellbeing. These two gents were an absolute credit to themselves and their sport."

The story made the front page of the Leicester Mercury and was followed up through the news agencies and national media.

Kay played down the praise, saying: "We were happy to pitch in and do what we could to help people. In situations like that, people muck in together."

Corry said: "We left Bath at 1pm and I phoned my wife to tell her we would be about two-and-a-half hours, but then we got stranded. More and more cars were breaking down and we were taking it in turns to wade through the water and do what we could.

"People have picked up on us being involved because they knew who we were, but it wasn't just us, everyone in the village was coming out to help and we were just happy to be able to do our little bit."

Corry, Kay and their Tigers colleagues George Chuter, Lewis Moody and Dan Hipkiss return to the England camp next week for the next period of preparation for the Rugby World Cup and the warm-up fixtures which start against Wales on August 4.