Injured man heard shouting for help after falling into river in darkness

Emergency services descended on a Somerset river after a man fell in and broke his ankle last night.

Firefighters rescued the man yesterday evening (Friday, September 4), from the River Cale in Wincanton.

Crews were sent to The Batch, where there is a bridge allowing cars and pedestrians to cross the river.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call from the ambulance service just after 8.30pm, reporting someone in the river “calling for help.”

A log of the incident read: “Two fire appliances from Wincanton and Castle Cary, along with specialist rescue crews from Trowbridge and Chippenham, were immediately mobilised by fire control.

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“On arrival the incident commander confirmed that one male was in the river with a suspected broken ankle.

“Crews quickly got to work with life jackets to assess the scene and stabilise the casualty.

“The casualty was eventually rescued and transported up the bank using a scoop stretcher, and handed over to ambulance crews on scene.”

In a Facebook post, Wincanton Fire Station added: “Crews from Wincanton and Castle Cary, both assisted by South West Ambulance Service, rescued a casualty who had fallen into the River Cale and suffered a leg injury.

“Please always be careful in and around water #notjustfire.”

The fire service did not say how the man is thought to have ended up in the water.

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