Man falls into pond from ladder, whilst trying to rescue a cat

Tuesday 16th September 2014 – 12.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.


A man had to be rescued from a pond in Worcestershire this morning after falling from a ladder that was propped up against a tree, whilst trying to rescue a cat.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident in Moseley Road, Hallow, at 8.15am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene. The crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance based in Strensham also attended the scene by blue-light car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a 34-year-old man who was half in and half out of a pond.

“Crews were told he had fallen approximately six-metres from a ladder that was propped up against a tree whilst attempting to rescue a cat.

“Due to the difficult location of the patient, crews worked closely with the fire service to access the patient and administer pain relief for back pain.

“He was immobilised with the use of a floating spinal board before being put on a mini raft which allowed him to be walked to dry land. The man was in the water for approximately 30 minutes.

“Once on the back of the ambulance, crews treated the man for back injuries and exposure to the cold. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and scoop stretcher and taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”


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