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93 year old falls 15ft into Truro river on mobility scooter

The scooter remains stuck in the mud

A 93 year old man had to be winched to safety after his mobility scooter fell into a muddy river.

The man and his disability scooter went into Garras Wharf in Truro this morning.

Witnesses say the tide was out and the man landed in thick mud. He tried to pull himself out, but was firmly stuck in the riverbed.

Police, fire, ambulance and coastguard all attended the scene, the gentleman was wrapped in a thermal blanket as emergency services planned how to get him out safely.

He suffered cuts to his face and was pulled free an hour later by firefighters using an aerial platform.

Emergency services said it was a "miracle" the man survived the fall.

I think anyone would be lucky to fall from that height and be in good condition. But this gentlemen is 93-years-old, and he was happily talking away.

It is a miracle he has been able to tell us who he is, how old he is and where he is from.

We always have the additional risk of the tide in situations like this. The tide plays a big factor. If we had had bad weather it would have been a lot more dangerous.

– Nathaniel Hooton, Truro fire station manager

Efforts are now being made to remove the scooter from the mud before the tide begins to come in.

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Workers protest over job losses on West Country trains

Union says removing buffet cars on West Country tains will lead to an elitist transport system Credit: ITV West Country

A rail union will protest across the region today in a campaign against the removal of buffet cars on First Great Western trains.

The RMT says losing the buffet cars wil lead to job losses and an 'upstairs downstairs' service on West Country trains. Events will be taking place at stations across the south west from 7 o clock this morning.

Woman tested for Ebola in Cornwall is given the all-clear

A patient at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been given the all-clear after tests for ebola Credit: ITV News

Public Health England has confirmed that a woman who was being tested for Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been given the all-clear.

The patient, who had recently returned from West Africa, was being kept in isolation at the hospital in Truro while tests were carried out. She is due to be discharged today.

MP: Even if it's not Ebola it's good to test the system

A patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests for Ebola are carried out Credit: ITV News

Andrew George, the MP for St Ives and a member of the Health Select Committee has commented on the suspected ebola case at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Full specialist treatment is best provided at the Royal Free in London. Until then, full isolation and use of fully fluid repellant disposable protective gear should be worn by anyone working in vicinity of patient or with specimens.

When test results are returned it will be known whether this is a Malaria, Ebola or other infection.

What this demonstrates is the vital importance of a fully functioning integrated NHS. It is also a reminder of just how much we owe to the commitment, dedication and professionalism of NHS staff.

Even if this case turns out not to be a case of Ebola - which of course we will all hope - it will be important for the Trust (in concert with NHS Chiefs) to review their success in their handing of this case, the effectiveness of the protocols and (if necessary) the need for further fine tuning.

– Andrew George MP

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Patient tested for Ebola recently returned from West Africa

The patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests are carried out Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has told ITV West Country that the patient being tested for Ebola at the hospital had been in West Africa.

It is understood that the patient - who is NOT a health care worker - recently returned from a country affected by an outbreak of the virus. They were placed in the hospital's isolation ward last night.

The results of tests are not expected for at least 24 hours but the hospital says it's just one of a number of checks being carried out.

Patient being tested for ebola was in West Africa

The patient being tested for ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital recently returned from West Africa Credit: PA

A patient being tested for Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is a health care worker who has been in West Africa.

It is understood that they recently returned from a country affected by an outbreak of the virus.

The patient is being kept in isolation while tests are being carried out.

Statement on ebola testing at Royal Cornwall Hospital

The patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests are carried out Credit: ITV News

A patient is being tested for ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The trust has released the following statement:

A patient has been admitted to Royal Cornwall Hospital and is currently undergoing a series of tests - one of which is for Ebola.

We do not expect the results to be known for at least 24 hours and in the meantime the patient is being looked after in isolation, following nationally agreed guidelines and protocols to protect the health of our staff and other patients.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been following national guidance around Ebola and made plans in line with advice from Public Health England and NHS England.

– RCHT spokesperson
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