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Incident Date: 20 December 2015
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have used specialist equipment and their skills to bring a distressed family to safety.
At 4.13pm on Sunday, December 20, 2015, North West Fire Control received an emergency call to report a family of four stranded down an embankment in Marple Bridge.
Around 20 firefighters and officers were mobilised to Compstall Road to help the family – a 33-year-old woman, 37-year-old man, and two girls, aged three and seven.
Station Manager John Pratt from GMFRS was in charge of the incident. He said: “The family of four found themselves stuck down an embankment close to a shallow river.
“A passer-by noticed the family and let two men at the nearby sailing club know, who then made their way to the family and stayed with them throughout the incident, reassuring them that things would be alright.
“Firefighters used lines to bring each family member to safety and they were then checked over by our colleagues at North West Ambulance Service. Luckily they were just cold so didn’t require any treatment.
“We then escorted the two men up the embankment, and we can’t thank them enough for what they did.”