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Man rescued after falling into water near Wirral docks
9:46am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS rescued a man who had fallen into water in a dock system in Birkenhead earlier this morning.
They were called to an area near the 12 Quays Terminal, near Tower Road just after 1am.
Firefighters wearing water rescue kit rescued the man, who had a life ring around him, and handed him into the care of paramedics at the scene. The man was taken by ambulance to Arrowe Park Hospital.
Crews from Wallasey and Birkenhead fire stations attended the call-out.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Marine Rescue Unit's boat, Marine Fire One, was also alerted to the incident but was not required and did not attend.
Watch Manager Warren Bradley, who attended with Red Watch at Wallasey Community Fire Station, said: "The area where the man was in the water was surrounded by high dock walls so firefighters had to use a roof ladder and rope access gear to safely reach and rescue this man, who was conscious and breathing.
"Crews reacted quickly to get on scene and set up a safe system using all the correct equipment to safely and speedily rescue the male.
"It was very good work by crews which undoubtedly made a difference to this man.
"It appears this man may have been a shipping enthusiast and had fallen into the water.
"All firefighters in Merseyside are trained in still water rescue to help those in need of rescuing in areas including lakes, canals and docks."
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