ON CAMERA: dramatic moment 999 crews save man from drowning in Wigan river
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A man could be seen lying in the chill water and firefighters waded in to pull him to shore. He was then filmed being put on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.
Rumours were spreading that he had died, but police have since confirmed that a man in his 40s was rescued from the river and had been “doing fine” when last they checked.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said that they, along with paramedics and the fire service were called to Woodcock House at around 9.30am on Sunday November 19.
Scholes resident Sonia Lomax said: “We were very concerned for the man. We thought we had a tragedy on our hands. We’re so pleased to hear he’s OK.”