INTRODUCTION: In Italy, holidaymakers and villagers had to be evacuated by sea to escape forest fires sweeping a popular resort area.
LV ZOOM IN CU Hillside bush fire at night. (2 SHOTS) (MUTE)
SV Firemen standing by helplessly with no water for hosepipes.
CU Flames in bushes.
AERIAL VIEWS INTERIOR OF Helicopter and views of burning countryside and billowing smoke. (2 SHOTS)
AV Helicopter flying through smoke, coastline in distance.
GV Water-carrying helicopter flying over burning area.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Italy, holidaymakers and villagers had to be evacuated by sea to escape forest fires sweeping a popular resort area. About 150 of them were packed into police and customs launches and taken to safety from the Mount Argentario Peninsula, 150 kilometres northwest of Rome.
SYNOPSIS: The rescue came on Tuesday (25 August) as more than 500 firefighters were drafted into the area to fight the flames. The alarm was raised after strong winds had fanned small brush fires. The flames spread rapidly, threatening remote villas and small villages scattered over the peninsula.
The efforts of firefighting teams were hampered by the terrain and a shortage of water in this favourite summer resort region of Italy's wealthy people.
Large tracts of land were ablaze but, according to Reuters reports, there were no injuries to locals or visitors. While the authorities battled to contain the flames their counterparts in other parts of Italy were coping with their own fire hazards. A long spell of hot, dry weather triggered off blazes on the nearby island of Elba.
Other outbreaks were reported in the Tuscan hills around Pisa and Livorno. And further south on the popular tourist island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, it was the same story.
In most of the affected regions crews on the ground were helped by water carrying helicopters like this. They were supplied by the Italian airforce, when authorities in the various regions found they could not cope with existing water supplies.