Today (Friday 4 November) at 11:35AM crews from Carlton,
London Road and Highfields attended a water rescue in Stoke Bardolph.
When crews arrived, they were presented with a complex
incident: a river cruiser was precariously moored on the riverbank taking on
The river cruiser is very old, and requires repairs to make
it suitable to remain on the water. This river cruiser, however, is accommodation
for somebody which is why it made the rescue even more significant, as there
was a risk to life.
Crews undertook a technical operation that involved line
systems working in synergy with the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Highfields
Fire Station. The operation involved turning the cruiser around in difficult
river flow conditions, then leading it to safety outside a local pub, the Ferry
Our Prevention team attended the incident, and we have
worked with Gedling Borough Neighbourhood Watch, Gedling Borough Council and City
of Nottingham housing team with this incident. The Ferry Boat Inn opened their
doors to help support a vulnerable person and to allow crews to complete a debrief.
Additionally, a Facebook funding page has been set up within
the local community to help support the person with diesel, food, clothing and
to help towards the cost of repairing the cruiser.
District Manager, Craig Day, said: “I want to thank our
crews for their efforts with this incident, they did a great job however in the
context of a global pandemic, it is fantastic to see the community spirit alive
and supporting someone in need.
“We want to remind the public how dangerous water can be,
especially during this time of year as the water will be extremely cold and can
very quickly turn into a tragic incident.
“If you ever find yourself struggling in water we want you
to remember to try to stay calm, lie on your back and call for help once you
have got your breathing under control.
“If you see someone that seems to be in trouble in water,
call the emergency services as soon as possible so that we can respond as
quickly as possible. Any information you can provide about the person and their
location will support our rescue efforts”.