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Firefighters issue safety plea to city centre revellers after river rescue

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 26 July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have issued a plea to revellers in the city centre asking them to take care near water after a man was rescued from the River Medlock in the early hours of Saturday, July 26.

Crews from Moss Side were called to Jordan Street at 1.24am following reports that a 22-year-old man had fallen around six metres into a river.

Watch Manager Matt Brady said: "We were called after one of the residents in a nearby flat heard someone fall into the River Medlock. When we arrived we used a nine metre ladder to reach the man on one side of the river bank and the Technical Response Unit set up their equipment on the other side.

"The river was only about three inches high after this hot weather, but man was complaining about his ankle and he'd been out on a stag do since 2pm that day.

"The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) from the North West Ambulance Service gave the man painkillers and the TRU used their equipment to retrieve him with ropes from the other side of the river.

"The man we rescued was a bit embarrassed and we think he'll be waking up with a hangover as well as a broken ankle this morning."

Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority said: "The centre of Manchester is our busiest patch when it comes to water rescues.

"The canals and rivers that run through the city can become deadly if you fall in to them - especially if you're drunk.

"This man had a very lucky escape, but our crews have been to lots of incidents where the person they have rescued has not been so lucky.

"Please take care around water and if you've had a few drinks find a way home away from a canal or river."

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:35
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