Crews rescue man from Bristol harbour

Pero's Bridge, Narrow Quay, Bristol

A man has been rescued from the harbour in Bristol by firefighters.

Crews responded to a report from Avon & Somerset Police that a member of the public was in the water close to Pero’s Bridge at Narrow Quay in the harbourside area.

The first crew on scene from Temple Fire Station found the man, thought to be aged in his 20s, was being kept afloat by a life ring on a rope which had been thrown to him by members of the public and police officers.

With the man’s head occasionally going beneath the surface of the water, crews worked quickly to get a ladder into the water allowing a firefighter to climb down and secure him.

Firefighters in dry suits from Bedminster Fire Station’s swift water rescue team arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. They entered the water to keep the man afloat until Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s safety boat reached him, allowing crews to rescue him from the water.

The man, who was conscious and breathing, was immediately passed into the care of the ambulance service.

The Officer-in-Charge of the incident said the actions of the members of the public and the police, and the presence of the life ring which kept the man afloat until crews arrived, certainly saved his life.

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