Fire fighters warn of dangers of rivers swollen by rain

Firefighters from Greater Manchester are warning the public of the dangers of rivers which have become swollen after the heavy rains. It comes after a man had to be pulled from the River Irwell. He'd fallen in whilst rafting. Emergency services were alerted by kayakers.

The three kayakers had every piece of equipment going, including ropes, wet suits, helmets and mobile phones, and without them and their equipment the man would almost certainly have died – the water was staggeringly fast. When crews arrived, the kayakers were in the water with the man and he was up against the bank, practically unconscious. The crews secured him using rope lines to stop him going down into the water while the water rescue boat made its way to the scene.

He was suffering from hypothermia and some cuts to his legs and was taken to hospital for treatment.

– Station Manager Kev O’Connor , Greater Manchester Fire Service

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