24th Jan, 2017

Passers-by rescue elderly man from canal in Long Itchington

Leamington Editorial 12th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PASSERS-BY saved an elderly man after he fell into the canal at Long Itchington.

The man in his 60s was heard calling for help near the Two Boats Inn pub at around 9pm on Wednesday November 11.

The passers-by rushed to his rescue and managed to pull him from the water shortly before emergency services arrived at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man received emergency treatment at the scene from medics for a head injury and also suffering hypothermia. Treatment continued at the scene and the patient’s condition was stabilised.”

The man was taken by ambulance to Coventry’s University Hospital for further treatment.

The spokesman added: “The man’s condition was still very serious but his chance of survival were dramatically increased thanks to the actions of the good Samaritans before medics arrived.”

“It is unknown why the man ended up in the canal and how long he had been in there before being rescued.”