Man survives after 30ft fall into Blackburn river

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A MAN fell almost 30 feet into a river after losing his balance while sitting on a wall.

Ambulances, air ambulances and the fire service were all called to rescue the man, who miraculously survived the fall.

The incident happened in Bridge Street, Blackburn, where the road bends to the right and runs over the River Blakewater.

The man, thought to be in his twenties, was thought to have suffered just minor injuries but was taken to hospital to check for any internal injuries.

A spokeswoman from the North West Ambulance Service said the air ambulance, a land crew and two hazard area response teams had been called to the area behind Blackburn Youth Zone shortly before 2pm.

She said: “He had fallen about 29ft backwards off a wall.

“Where he landed was in a difficult to access area. He was taken by land ambulance to hospital.” Watch manager Chris Fogarty, from Blackburn fire station, said when his crew arrived the paramedics were already on the scene.

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He said: “He seemed fine but you can never know what’s going on inside in these circumstances until he is looked at in hospital. We just assisted the paramedics to get him out of the river. As it was not time critical because his injuries were not severe, we waited for the aerial ladder platform to arrive from Accrington so we could bring him out horizontally.”

Shear Brow councillor Suleman Khonat said: “People need to realise what they are doing and need to be careful when they are sitting near water.

“If there was nobody around it could have been fatal.

“I have known incidents where people have fallen and they have died.”

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4:04pm Thu 8 May 14

shytalk says...

Suicide? drugs? Too much beer? Tilly ling? Whatever the cause thankfully this guy is still alive thanx to the rescue services so lets give thanx to them and hope the guy recovers and gets whatever problems he has sorted.
Suicide? drugs? Too much beer? Tilly ling? Whatever the cause thankfully this guy is still alive thanx to the rescue services so lets give thanx to them and hope the guy recovers and gets whatever problems he has sorted. shytalk
  • Score: 47

5:29pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

NOW COME ON ET THERE IS A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CANAL AND RIVER WHICH IS IT ??
NOW COME ON ET THERE IS A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CANAL AND RIVER WHICH IS IT ?? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 31

6:02pm Thu 8 May 14

Lankygirl says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
NOW COME ON ET THERE IS A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CANAL AND RIVER WHICH IS IT ??
Where does it mention a canal?
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: NOW COME ON ET THERE IS A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CANAL AND RIVER WHICH IS IT ??[/p][/quote]Where does it mention a canal? Lankygirl
  • Score: -19

6:28pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

It says on the news Page "Man rescued after falling 29ft into Blackburn river" then in the paragraph below it says "Fire and ambulance crews were called in to recue a man who fell into a canal in Blackburn"
It says on the news Page "Man rescued after falling 29ft into Blackburn river" then in the paragraph below it says "Fire and ambulance crews were called in to recue a man who fell into a canal in Blackburn" ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 33

8:30pm Thu 8 May 14

Jarisleif5 says...

Actually thought that was George St.
Actually thought that was George St. Jarisleif5
  • Score: 18

8:48pm Thu 8 May 14

noddy57 says...

l am surprised the guy is still alive after falling 29 ft into the river blakewater, it is not deep enough to submerge a teddy bear.
l am surprised the guy is still alive after falling 29 ft into the river blakewater, it is not deep enough to submerge a teddy bear. noddy57
  • Score: 25

9:28am Fri 9 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

It was 29 foot yesterday.
It was 29 foot yesterday. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 21

9:42am Fri 9 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Yet another statement of the obvious from one of our revered Clownsil surprised he could find his way to Bridge st. It's amazing how much interest and energy these Clowns can muster in order to publicise themselves and demonstrate "how hard they work and care" (NOT !!) when it gets close to elections !!!
Yet another statement of the obvious from one of our revered Clownsil surprised he could find his way to Bridge st. It's amazing how much interest and energy these Clowns can muster in order to publicise themselves and demonstrate "how hard they work and care" (NOT !!) when it gets close to elections !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 21

9:48am Fri 9 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
It was 29 foot yesterday.
AAh! But it was also either a river or canal but evidently the person who clarified this also re-measured it !! Oviously the article has been re-written in order to maintain LTs reputation for accuracy !! LOL
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: It was 29 foot yesterday.[/p][/quote]AAh! But it was also either a river or canal but evidently the person who clarified this also re-measured it !! Oviously the article has been re-written in order to maintain LTs reputation for accuracy !! LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 16

10:11am Fri 9 May 14

mmickk says...

Quote Ambulances, air ambulances more than one of each for one person LT gets worse by the day!
Quote Ambulances, air ambulances more than one of each for one person LT gets worse by the day! mmickk
  • Score: 20

11:28am Fri 9 May 14

We'll win the next one says...

Lost his balance sat down !! Ffs dont stand up will you !!
Lost his balance sat down !! Ffs dont stand up will you !! We'll win the next one
  • Score: 25

8:28pm Fri 9 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

We'll win the next one wrote:
Lost his balance sat down !! Ffs dont stand up will you !!
AHH ahh Thanks for that cheered me up all day LOL
[quote][p][bold]We'll win the next one[/bold] wrote: Lost his balance sat down !! Ffs dont stand up will you !![/p][/quote]AHH ahh Thanks for that cheered me up all day LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 17

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