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Man rescued from river as levels peak in city

Worcester Editorial 3rd Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN was rescued from the River Severn as flood waters peaked in the city over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to the back of the technical college in Deansway about 1am on Sunday (February 2) after reports a person was in the water.

Crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service and a paramedic officer, who were on the scene in minutes, managed to pull the man from the edge of the river and he was assessed by staff before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.

An ambulance spokesman said: “It was extremely fortunate a paramedic and ambulance crew were on the scene within minutes to pull the man to safety.

“It is important everyone follows the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to waterway incidents.”

The rescue took place just hours after river levels peaked at 4.7 metres at the Diglis Gauge.

At 2pm yesterday levels in Diglis were 4.58 metres and steady, but there are fears it could rise again with more heavy rain expected on Wednesday and later in the week.

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