Man fractures both ankles after falling 15ft into dry dock in Warwickshire

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A man fractured both his ankles after falling 15ft into a dry dock last night (Thursday).

Fire crews were called to the incident at 8.56pm.

The 59-year-old had fallen into a dry dock at Oxford Canal in Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, and sustained lower limb injuries.

Firefighters used ladders, lines and a small gear to rescue the man. He was then placed in the care of the ambulance service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they were faced with a 59-year-old man who was at the bottom of a dry dock lying in about a foot of water.

“Ambulance staff and the medic, upon assessment, found he had sustained nasty fractures to both ankles. They administered pain relief to the man to help stabilise his condition before his legs were placed into vacuum splints and he was fully immobilised.

“Working closely with the fire service, the man was then placed onto a carry sheet and carefully lifted up out of the dock using rope rescue techniques.

“Back on dry land, the man was then carried to the awaiting ambulance before he was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.”