VIDEO: Sea King helicopter rescues man from River Taw in Barnstaple

17:41 21 April 2014

The helicopter rescue in Barnstaple on Monday afternoon. Pic: Luke Honnoraty.

The helicopter rescue in Barnstaple on Monday afternoon. Pic: Luke Honnoraty.

Archant

Photos and video: Watch the dramatic rescue which took place in Barnstaple today (Monday).

The rescue in Barnstaple today (Mon). Pic: Alan SmithThe rescue in Barnstaple today (Mon). Pic: Alan Smith

The Chivenor search and rescue helicopter was called out to Barnstaple this afternoon (Mon) after reports of a man jumping from the bridge.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 2.45pm after a 64-year-old man from the North Devon area reportedly jumped from Barnstaple old bridge.

police managed to get the man out of the water and onto the riverbank.

The Sea King holicopter was then seen hovering over the riverbed and winching a man from the scene.

The man was taken to North Devon Hospital for treatment, though his condition is not known.

Eyewitnesses took to Twitter to post photos of the dramatic rescue.

@bisleythedog said: “Her and him just saw helicopter rescue over #barnstaple #oldbridge - anyone know what’s happened? Loads of police.”

Meanwhile @simonpaddon said: “Helicopter very low over the river in Barnstaple!!”

Check back for more as we have it.

1 comment

  • Good exercise for the helicopter crew,how are we going to manage when the Sea King is removed from Chivenor?

    Report this comment

    trevor balment

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

13:00
Lydia, Jodie and Millie Cross have welcomed the news a meningitis vaccine will finally be introduced.

The Cross family, whose daughters were both hit by the disease, welcome the news a vaccine will soon be given to all babies in the UK.

Read more
12:50
Take part in our General Election survey.

We want to know YOUR views ahead of the General Election - take part in our survey here.

Read more
Volunteers and trustees from the NDCCCT handing over the cheque for £300,000.

Final cheque for £300,000 from North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust brings Chemo Appeal to its fundraising total.

Read more
Fire engines2

Three fire engines were called out to Hobbs Hill this morning (Tuesday).

Read more
11:00
Westward Ho!

Village parade will take place on Saturday in Westward Ho! with families asked to take part.

Read more
Katy Quick with two of the young girls she met in Palestine.

Science teacher Katy Quick spent a week visiting children in the West Bank and is now fundraising for Edukid.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:12
The loss of Zebedee has hit staff at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park hard.

Staff distraught as long term resident Zebedee dies aged 29

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14

Fire fighters called out to assist with unstable scaffolding on Arlington Hotel.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24

Developers seek to turn part of the pub into housing with new application

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35
Gale force winds are forecast for the festive week ahead.

Region can expect strong gusts in exposed and coastal areas through tonight (Monday) and tomorrow.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder