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Incident Date: 05 April 2018
AT 5:28pm on Thursday, April 5 three crews from Farnworth, Bolton Central and Eccles along with the Technical Response Unit from Leigh and the Water Incident Unit from Eccles attended a water rescue in Mytham Road, Bolton.
Crews rescued a 12-year-old boy who had fallen approximately 8metres in into the river bank after playing in and around the side of the water’s edge.
Supported by crews the young boy was walked to safety and placed on a spine board to be assessed by paramedics, and later taken to hospital.
Station Manager Paul Sumner said: “This incident is a timely reminder to warn the public of staying safe around water especially as the weather warms up.
“Please never enter rivers, open water or anywhere that doesn’t have a lifeguard present and be careful if your children are playing near open water.
“You can never be certain of the depth of the water, it is a lot colder than you expect and you can easily be swept away.
“Please only swim or enter water somewhere safe, such as a swimming pool, but if you do see someone in an emergency, ring 999 and clearly explain where you are.”