Man resuscitated after being pulled out of canal by passer-by

Wednesday 17th June 2015 – 7.00am – John Hawker.


A man has been resuscitated after being pulled out of a canal in Leamington Spa last night.

The incident occurred at the canal near Althorpe Street, Leamington Spa at around 7pm. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man out jogging spotted the man floating in the canal and called 999. The Good Samaritan managed to pull the man out of the water just before medics arrived.

“The man, believed to be in his 40’s, was not breathing and immediately paramedics started carrying out advanced life support. CPR continued and after a short time the man started to make respiratory effort. Due to the patients serious condition the BASICS Doctor anaesthetised the man at the scene before he was then transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by ambulance for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the man’s arrival and his condition.

“Unfortunately, the man’s condition was described as critical.

“Thanks to the passer-byes actions of rescuing the man from the canal, medics were able to resuscitate him and give him the best possible chance of survival.”


We do NOT have any contact details for the Good Samaritan, so are therefore unable to contact him on behalf of the media.

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