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River rescue after man's cry for help

HEARING a man’s cries for help, Stratford resident, John Norden, wasted no time in pulling the man out of the River Avon at Lucy’s Mill last Saturday.

John, aged 68, a retired airline pilot, responded immediately when he heard a man shouting “help! Help me!” as he’d entered the river by the old mill sluice intake at Lucy’s Mill. John pulled the man – thought to be in his 30s – out of the river by his arm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service. Photo: Mark Williamson. (61818886)
West Midlands Ambulance Service. Photo: Mark Williamson. (61818886)

John said: “I have a key to access the sluice intake and the man was hanging on to the ironwork of the gate. I pulled him up by the arm and he scrambled out of the river. It wasn’t a lifesaving act – I wouldn’t say that but he was in shock and crying but conscious when he got out. I just did what anybody would do to help someone. I was very impressed with the emergency services who were there in a matter of minutes.”

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