The rescue, dramatically captured on camera by restaurateur Ronald Gijsel, came after the couple had initially decided to sit our the floods.
Sally-Ann said: “As soon as I realised the place was going to flood, I called David Nolan, a friend, who came round and helped me move everything out of the shop. The last floods in 1998 happened just a couple of weeks before I was due to open the business, so I had a good idea what to expect.
We got everything out of the way and then went upstairs. We were going to sit it out until I realised the water was getting close to a light switch for the flat which could have meant we would lose power. I wasn’t so keen in sitting it out in the dark so we had a word with the firemen from Buckinghamshire who were in a boat outside. After talking to them, we decided it would be best to leave and they helped us into the boat and delivered us to dry land.”
Sally-Ann, owner of the Cotswold Trichology Centre, was quickly back in business, however.
“One of the local hairdressers has very kindly loaned me a consulting room with its own entrance, so I am still able to see clients,” she said. “However, it is by appointment only and anyone wishing to see me should get in touch by telephone.”