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Canoeist nearly drowns at weir

A man is seriously ill in hospital after being rescued from a weir in Bedfordshire.

He fell out of a canoe near Mill Lane in Kempston at just before 12pm on Wednesday June 6. Ambulance and fire crews managed to pull him from the water, and treated him for the effects of drowning.

The man, who is believed to be 47-years-old, has been taken to Bedford Hospital for treatment. Rescue crews said it was a tricky operation:

"This was a difficult rescue due to access with the very steep banks but ambulance and fire crews worked very well together for the benefit of the patient.

"We would like to take this opportunity to warn people of the dangers of turbulent weirs and water. This man was an experienced canoeist and knew this stretch of water but that was still not enough to prevent him getting into trouble".

– Andy Hampton, Kempston ambulance station

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