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Incident Date: 31 October 2015
FIREFIGHTERS are asking people to take care around waterways in Manchester City Centre after a 51-year-old woman was rescued from the Rochdale canal.
A crew from Manchester Central, Philips Park and a specialist Water Incident Unit from Eccles were called to the canal near Great Ancoats street at around 2.50pm today, October 31.
Firefighters found the woman floating in the canal and carried out CPR as soon as she was rescued from the water.
Station Manager Danny Marshall, said: “The lady was blue and unresponsive when the crew pulled her out of the water.
“As soon as they began efforts to revive her she started showing signs of life and hopefully the incident will have a good outcome.
“The crew did a really fantastic job and they’ve given her the best chance of survival they could have.
“This type of incident has proved all too common in the centre of Manchester. Canals are dangerous and many people who fall in suffer cold water shock and never get out again.
“Please take care and avoid towpaths if you’ve been out drinking. It might seem like a good idea to take a shortcut, but if you’re not careful the only shortcut you’ll be taking is one to an early death.”
For more advice about how to stay safe around water please visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.