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Emergency services rescue man from sinking barge in city centre canal drama

Fire crews and the ambulance service scrambled to the Rochdale Canal in Castlefield, Manchester on Monday afternoon where a man had to be rescued from a sinking canal boat

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A man was rescued from a sinking barge in a canal as emergency services scrambled to rescue him.

Fire crews and the ambulance service raced to reports of a boat sinking in the Rochdale Canal in Castlefield, Manchester on Monday afternoon.

A male passenger onboard the barge had to be rescued from the roof, Greater Manchester Fire Service said.

He was assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service but is not thought to have required hospital treatment, Manchester Evening News reports.

Several ambulances and fire engines were pictured at the scene.

Other dramatic images show a large canal boat inside one of the locks, completely submerged in water.



A man has been rescued from a sinking barge after emergency services were scrambled to the Rochdale Canal in Manchester city centre
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It is not clear what caused the boat to sink.

The inside of the canal boat appears to be destroyed as various objects are seen floating inside.

A spokesperson for GMFRS said: “At around 2.15pm on Monday, 16 th August, firefighters were called to reports of a boat sinking in the canal near to Lock 92 on Castle Street, in Manchester.

“Two fire engines from Salford quickly attended the scene.



The man’s possessions can be seen floating around the boat
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“Firefighters used specialist equipment to rescue one man from the roof of the boat before he was transferred to the care of colleagues from North West Ambulance Service for precautionary checks.

“Fire crews were in attendance for approximately one hour.”



A male passenger had to be rescued from the roof, Greater Manchester Fire Service said
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North West Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to reports of a barge sinking in the canal with people on board.

Nobody required hospital treatment, they added.











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