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56-year-old man saved from drowning as he is pulled from river

Date
30/11/2013
What Happened
Person tired/overwhelmed by water
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Adverse current
Injury Details
N/A
Outcome
Near miss
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
A MAN who had just walked away from hospital was saved from drowning by police and relatives.

The 56-year-old had left Fairfield Hospital, Bury, in a distressed state just after 5.30am on Saturday, sparking a major search.

He was spotted in the darkness floundering in the nearby River Roch.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and used a rope to pull the man up the embankment.

Watch manager Pete Fletcher, from Bury Fire Station, said: �We had to use rope rescue equipment to haul him up the bank. The river was approximately 50 metres from the nearest path. We probably had to carry the man about half a mile.�

The man was given first aid at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Supporting Information
http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/10859254.___Distressed____56_year_old_man_saved_from_drowning_as_he_is_pulled_from_river/

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