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Incident Date: 17 August 2016
FIREFIGHTERS are warning people to take extra care around water after two people have required assistance today.
In two separate incidents firefighters, the Water Incident Unit (WIU) and the Technical Response Unit (TRU) have been called to rescue people trapped in water.
At around 11.30am this morning a 12 year old girl became marooned on a river embankment on Bridge Hall Lane, Bury, after jumping in and being unable to get out.
Fire engines from Bury and Eccles along with the Heywood WIU and the Ashton-Under-Lyne TRU were on the scene for around thirty minutes.
The girl was taken to hospital for a precautionary check, after being rescued with a triple extension ladder.
The second incident involved an adult male near the Esplanade in Rochdale at around 12pm.
Two fire engines from Rochdale and the same WIU and TRU from Heywood and Ashton worked together to successfully rescue the casualty.
The man had fallen around five metres from a concrete ledge and firefighters used one nine metre ladder, line rescue equipment, life jackets and trauma bags to carry out the rescue.
Police were also in attendance, along with paramedics who carried out assessments at the scene. The fire service were detained for around one hour and thirty five minutes.
Watch Manager Gary Weight who was at the scene said: “I know the warm weather makes it tempting but please try to be careful and don’t play around in the water. It does lead to accidents and people, like the gentleman this afternoon, do get hurt. Please stay vigilant, take care of yourself and the people you’re with and ring us if you need any help, we’re always here.”
For more information on water safety you can visit our Safe 4 Summer website www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/safe4summer/