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Incident Date: 26 October 2014
FIREFIGHTERS have rescued a 60-year-old man from a riverbank in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) received a call to reports of a man in the water at 9.47am this morning (Sunday, October 26, 2014).
Crew from Stalybridge and Ashton and the Water Incident Unit from Heywood attended Portland Basin near to Margaret Street where the man had fallen into the river.
He had managed to get out of the water but had become stranded on the riverbank and was injured.
Firefighters and water rescue crew worked together with police officers and paramedics to bring the man to safety.
Station Manager Mick Rothwell, who was in charge of the incident, said: “It was difficult because the terrain is very steep and inaccessible and it’s full of trees so we had to clear a path to gain access.
“Crews worked really well to quickly work out a safe access plan and rescue the man using the inshore rescue boat, Water Incident Unit, rope rescue equipment and a spine board.
“We worked with police and North West Ambulance Service HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) and we left the man to be assessed by paramedics – he was suffering from an ankle injury.”