THE boat service operating between Langport and Muchelney has been replaced by an all-terrain vehicle.

Flood water in the area has dropped enough to allow the fully tracked BV206 vehicle to replace the boat service and it will continue to provide a lifeline for stranded residents.

Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, David Hall said: “We are replacing the humanitarian boat service with an all terrain vehicle to continue providing the residents of Muchelney with vital transportation through the flood water - the timings of the service will remain unchanged.

“The flood waters are receding which is good news but there could be hidden dangers under the surface so don't please don't attempt to drive through floodwater until it is safe to do and the roads have reopened.”