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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Man falls through ice on River Tees

News   •   Jan 11, 2010 10:50 GMT

Humber Coastguard have been active this afternoon coordinating assistance to a man that fell through the ice between the Millennium and Princess Diana bridges near to the River Tees Barrage. He had fallen in with his dog around 50 yards from the northern bank of the river.

The Ambulance Service was already on their way and Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team were immediately called out. As the incident was above the barrage, no lifeboat could be utilised in that location, so the Fire Service attended using their Fire boat.

Initially when the rescue services arrived on scene he could not be seen but eventually, with the aid of a police helicopter, he was located and pulled from the water and rushed by ambulance to hospital. Immediate resuscitation was given to him and continued as he was loaded on board the ambulance. His dog has not been seen.

Graham Dawson, Duty Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard said:

“We’re advising all dog walkers to be very, very careful in these treacherous conditions. Untreated paths and concrete surfaces can become ice rinks. We are hoping that this man will survive but as yet we have not heard from the hospital.”


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