11th Dec, 2016

Vulnerable man rescued from River Avon in Evesham

Joshua Godfrey 19th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A VULNERABLE man in his 40s was taken to hospital after he was rescued from the River Avon in Evesham.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 4.41pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday) and found the man had entered the water.

Officers from West Mercia Police then used a boat moored alongside the river bank to reach the man before safely pulling him for the water.

The 40-year-old man was then taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital due to the amount of water he had swallowed.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The man was seen to enter the water – was seen to go under the water and appeared not to be making any efforts to get out.”

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “Police were called at around 4.40pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday, 18 September) to concerns for the safety of a vulnerable man near Workman Bridge on Bridge Street, Evesham.

“Officers attended and found that a man had entered the water.

“The officers appropriated a boat from the river bank and made their way out to the man, safely retrieving him from the water.

“A man in his 40s was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene and taken to Worcester Hospital as a precaution.”