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Post : Sat 21 May 2022
Update: Sat 21 May
Volunteers from the Flint Coastguard Rescue Team were called in on Friday night to help with a massive emergency services response following reports of someone in the water near Runcorn Bridge .
The team was rushed at 11pm to the incident which also saw the Caernarfon-based coastguard search and rescue helicopter called to the scene as well as a police helicopter.
The bridge was closed in both directions as large numbers of emergency service vehicles descended on the area.
The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said it sent five fire engines to the scene along with a rope rescue unit to the scene of the incident.
The person was rescued from the ship’s channel and handed over to waiting paramedics.
A Flint Coastguard spokesperson said: ‘The team was called in to assist in a multi-agency incident near the Runcorn Bridge. ”
“The incident has ended safely and all assets have retired.”
[Picture posted on social media on Friday night showing a National Police Air Service helicopter and the powerful ‘Nightsun’ beam from the onboard searchlight illuminating the bridge and water below]
The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service sent five fire engines to the scene along with a rope rescue unit.
A spokesperson said: ‘At 10.43pm on Friday May 20, the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to assist emergency service partner agencies in rescuing an individual in the waters of Manchester Ship Canal, near the Silver Jubilee Bridge in Runcorn. .”
“Five fire engines were present at the scene; of Runcorn, Widnes, Penketh, Warrington and Lymm, as well as a rescue boat and a rope rescue unit.
“Crews used a rescue sled and specialized rope rescue equipment to help bring the person to shore and the treatment of paramedics.”
[Main Photo: Geoff Wynne (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0]