Man rescued from waterway

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Saturday 28th February 2015 – 6.00pm – Suzie Wheaton.

A man has been winched free from an old waterway after slipping and sustaining a leg injury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched a paramedic on the motorcyclist, an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the incident near to the junction of Rea Street and Bradford Street in Birmingham at approximately 2.15pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a man who had slipped whilst out walking the waterways with a group of friends.

“It is believed that the man had fallen and landed in some shallow water. The man was removed from the water and treated for an injury to his knee. He was given pain relief and his leg was immobilised at the scene.

“Due to the location of the patient, with no road access for approximately ¾ of a mile either way, and the slippery terrain, the man was winched to safety using specialist lifting equipment and the fire service’s hydraulic platform to an awaiting ambulance on top of an overarching bridge. A HART Paramedic was winched up with the man whilst continuing treatment.

“The man, believed to be in his 30’s, was conveyed to City Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”


We have no further details on this incident.

If used images should be credited to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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