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Elderly man rescued from canal

July 19, 2021
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An 89-year-old man was rescued from a canal after losing control of his mobility scooter and plunging into the water.

Emergency services were called shortly after 1.50pm on Thursday to a stretch of the Nottingham Canal near Cossall.

Police officers joined colleagues from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance service at the scene.

It is believed the man was standing in the water for around 30 minutes before two members of the public spotted him and called 999.

The man, who was not injured, was helped from the water by firefighters and taken to hospital as a precaution.

Sergeant Keith Parkes, of Nottinghamshire Police, attended the scene. He said: “Clearly we were extremely concerned for this gentleman’s welfare and devoted significant resources to finding him as quickly as possible.

“Thanks to some excellent joint working form all three emergency services he was soon located and rescued from the canal. Luckily, he landed in a standing position and was not seriously injured during his ordeal. I am sure I speak for everyone involved when I send him our very best wishes for the future.”

Incident Commander Simon Lilley, of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This incident could have had tragic consequences.  He’d been in the water for half an hour before, luckily, two passers-by came across him and called it in, so we’d like to thank them. 

“Thankfully, the gentleman was uninjured.  This was largely due to the swift action of the different emergency services and the ability we have to work together.  Only the day before, NFRS ran a large water rescue exercise with some of our partner agencies to make sure we keep on top of the skills needed for such incidents.”

Wendy Bainbridge, ambulance operations manager for the Nottinghamshire division of East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: 

“It is always a pleasure to work alongside our colleagues from the other blue light services to ensure the health and wellbeing of our patient. 

“We are pleased to hear that it was a positive outcome for the gentleman and that following an initial assessment on scene, he was able to recover in the comfort of his own home.”

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