28th Feb, 2020

Man dies as narrowboat sinks in canal near Worcester

Worcester Editorial 26th Jul, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN has died after a narrowboat sank as it went through a lock on the Droitwich Junction Canal.

The incident happened at 11.20am yesterday morning (Monday) at Lock 5, off the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The emergency services were called and fire and ambulance crews attended.

The lock was drained and firefighters got on board the boat to bring the man out but despite their best efforts and advanced life support by West Midlands Ambulance staff it was not possible to save him.

He was confirmed dead at the scene.

An elderly woman who had managed to get off the narrowboat was assessed by ambulance staff. She was left with police officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

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