Man rescued after falling from Barnstaple bridge


- Credit: Archant

Emergency services called out in the early hours after man falls from bridge and breaks ankle.

EMERGENCY services rushed to the River Taw in Barnstaple during the early hours of Saturday morning after a man fell from one of the town bridges.

The fire service said two crews from Barnstaple plus its specialist rescue team discovered the casualty on the stanchion of the bridge just before 4am.

It appeared he had broken his ankle and was unable to climb up the embankment and save himself.

It is thought he fell from the town centre Longbridge, but which bridge it was has yet to be confirmed.

It is not yet known if he attempted to jump or whether the fall was an accident.

Police and South Western Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

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Fire fighters donned dry suits and used an inflatable walkway plus a buoyancy aid and a battery operated saw in order to rescue the man and leave him in the care of paramedics.

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