Man rescued after falling into river

Saturday 4th July 2015 –6.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance Bonnet

A man has been rescued in an operation that took about two hours after falling approximately 15 feet into a river in Ross on Wye in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Biblins in Whitchurch just after 1.10am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, two doctors and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man, thought to be in his 30s, who was in the water after falling about 15 feet from the river bank.

“The area he had fallen was quite rocky so there were concerns about the injuries the man, who was conscious, had sustained.

“He was assessed and treated for suspected fractures to his wrist and ankle as well as an injury to his pelvis. He had pain relief administered and was immobilised.

“Fire crews from South Wales, Hereford and Gloucester played a significant part in the rescue and getting him back to the awaiting ambulance.

“They launched a boat further upstream and made their way down to the patient before getting him on board and travelling back upstream.

“The man was then carried up a steep bank before being transport to Hereford County Hospital.”


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