Elderly man rescued from canal

20/07/2021

An 89-year-old man has been rescued from a canal after losing control of his mobility scooter and plunging into the water.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service were called to a stretch of the Nottingham Canal near Cossall on Thursday 15 July.  It is believed the man had been 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.

NFRS Incident Commander Simon Lilley 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.”

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 from 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.”

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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