Swift water rescue team in canal rescue

near Claverton Pumping Station, Claverton, Bath

Members of Bath’s Swift Water Rescue Team were deployed during the early hours of Friday morning to the aid of a man who had fallen into a canal.

The gentleman, believed to be in his 60s, had been walking home when he slipped into the water and had been there for some time before a passerby spotted him and raised the alarm. Trapped in the water up to his waist, the man had suffered abrasions to his legs from his repeated attempts to climb out of the canal.

Swift rescue water operatives rescued the man from the water and wrapped him in warm clothing and blankets. He was then passed to the care of a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.