Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Man in 20ft Fall 'Lucky to Be Alive' ; ?Warning over Danger River

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Man in 20ft Fall 'Lucky to Be Alive' ; ?Warning over Danger River

Article excerpt

AMAN fell 20ft by a treacherous stretch of river after he dropped his mobile phone.

The 28-year-old, who was hauled to safety by firefighters in a dramatic rescue, is understood to have fallen after he leant over a safety railing on a bridge in a bid to reach his mobile.

He toppled onto an area of banking and ended up stranded in heavy mud clinging on to a rock at the riverside.

The man, who has not been named but is from Salford, was dragged back to safety by firefighters who used a ladder to reach him.

It is understood that water levels along the stretch of the River Irwell, near to the Old Pint Pot pub on Adelphi Street, Salford, have risen due to the recent heavy rainfall.

The exact spot where the man fell is also close to the dangerous and fast-flowing Adelphi Weir.

Watch manager Patrick Walsh, who is based at Salford Fire Station, hailed the 'valiant' efforts of his firefighters.

He said: "That is possibly the worst stretch of water, about 600- 700m from the most dangerous weir in Manchester. …

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