Man rescued from city river by firefighters

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A man who called police and told them he was going to throw himself off a bridge was rescued from a river in Sheffield by firefighters.

An aerial ladder platform was lowered from a bridge to reach the man in the River Don, off Rutland Road, Neepsend.

Emergency services were alerted at 1.45am yesterday and found a man, believed to be in mid-20s, in the water.

Police were first on the scene and asked firefighters for help in reaching and moving him.

Paramedics took the man to the Northern General Hospital by ambulance.

Police received a call at about 12.40am from a man who said he was going to throw himself off the bridge on Rutland Road.

Ten minutes later officers were on the scene and found the man in the water.

The road was closed while fire crews used spotlights to illuminate the area before firefighters were lowered into the river.

Inspector Russ Hughes, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We received a call from an unknown male suggesting he was going to throw himself off the bridge.

“He was rescued thanks to the combined efforts of South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.”

A fire service spokesman said: “We spent around two hours at the scene.

“We received a request for assistance from the police to help a man from the Rover Don.

“A water rescue team attended and an aerial ladder platform was used, which was lowered into the water from a bridge.

“When firefighters located the man he was half in the water and half on the river bank.

“He was placed on to a stretcher and brought out of the water and then taken to hospital.”