Man Rescued from Canal


Thursday 14th August 2014 – 10.35pm – Steve Parry.

A man has been rescued from the Grand Union canal in the Acocks Green area of Birmingham this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Golden Hillocks Road, near the Acker Adventure Centre in Sparkbrook, at approximately 8.25pm.

One ambulance, together with a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene. They joined other emergency service personnel, bystanders and staff from the nearby Ackers centre to locate the patient.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended an incident involving a man who had fallen into the canal. Apparently, he was unable to swim and quickly found himself in difficulty.

“Arriving ambulance and police officers immediately entered the canal to rescue the man and bring him to the water’s edge.

“The man, who was believed to be in his twenties, was found to be in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation efforts by ambulance staff on scene successfully restarted the man’s heart and he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Hartlands Hospital.

“The hospital was the condition of the patient.”



Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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