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26th Jan, 2022

Quick-thinking Droitwich pair praised for helping save the life of man who fell in town canal

TWO DROITWICH men helped save the life of another man as they were on their way back from the pub on Friday night.

Tony Lisseman, who is 71, and John Garrettley, 83, were walking back from the Railway Inn via the canal towpath around 11.30pm when they heard a man calling for help.

When they looked in the water they found a man in his 60s had fallen into the water.

He had dropped his glasses and fell while trying to search for them.

John called the police and Tony went back to the pub to show both the police and ambulance service where to go.

The police pulled the man from the water and, being in a hypothermic state, he was taken back to the Railway Inn to get warm.

He did not want to go to hospital but the paramedics checked him over and made sure his body temperature returned to what it should be.

Tony told the Standard: “He was a very lucky man as not many people walk around there at that time of night.

“It was a cold night – when I got back home my car had frozen over.

“I think if he had been there another 15 minutes he would’ve been dead.

“We’re just pleased we were in the right place and the right time and hope he has made a full recovery after his ordeal.”

A Droitwich Police spokesperson said: “The 65-year-old man was up to his neck in water and couldn’t get out.

“The male stated that he had sneezed and fallen in – there was nothing suspicious.

“Luckily – other than being very cold – he was unhurt.

“Canals and rivers can be dangerous places, especially at this time of year when the water is so cold,

“The male is extremely lucky that members of the public heard his calls for help.

“If it wasn’t for their prompt action in calling the emergencies services the outcome could have been very different.”

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