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999 crews in Nelson canal fall rescue
A DOZEN firefighters were needed to rescue a man who fell from a bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Ambulance crews alerted the fire crews after they struggled to retrieve the 28-year-old from the canal bank near Scotland Road, Nelson.
He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with a suspected broken ankle.
Two crews from Nelson fire station and one from Darwen were called out just after 6.30pm on Sunday.
Staff from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) helped the firefighters manouevre the man across the canal from the scene of the fall on a specialist stretcher and onto a normal stretcher.
A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called by the ambulance service for help after a man in his 20s was found on the canal bank He appears to have fallen at least six metres off the bridge and could not move.
“We used ladders to get down to him and place him on a spine-board, a rigid stretcher, to get him across the water and into the ambulance.
“It was a labour-intensive job that required 12 firefighters, including specially-trained swift water rescue firefighters from Nelson.
“We were at the scene for about one hour and the injured man was fully conscious throughout.”
A spokeswoman for the NWAS said: “We were called to the scene at 6.04pm.
“The victim, a 28-year-old man, had accidentally fallen off a wall on canal bridge and landed on the canal bank. He was taken to hospital for treatment on a possible broken ankle.”
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