Woman suffers serious head injury after falling into canal lock

Wednesday 8th July 2015 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been anaesthetised after falling into a canal whilst operating a lock in Stone this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Limekiln Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone at 9am and sent an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to a find a woman in her 70s who was out of the water on arrival.

“It is believed she had slipped whilst opening a lock gate, hitting her head and back on the ground before falling approximately ten feet into the lock itself.

“She had been rescued from the water by a family member and two bystanders. It is thought she was in the water for approximately two minutes.

“Having suffered a significant head injury, crews treated the woman for a reduced level of consciousness and a back injury.

“In order to stabilise her condition she was anaesthetised at the scene before being transport to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.

“The doctor travelled in the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en-route to the hospital.”


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