Officer in Greater Manchester jumps into canal to rescue man

A police officer jumped into a canal in Ashton-under-Lyne to rescue a member of the public who was spotted drifting towards a tunnel.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to Ashton Canal, close to Cavendish Mill, on May 6, and spotted a man in the water. Officers called out to the man so they could throw guide lines towards him but he didn't respond.

"Concerned for his safety and noticing that he was drifting towards an unlit tunnel, which would have led the man out of sight, PC Briggs took the decision to jump into the canal and swim towards him," the force said.

"Once PC Briggs reached the man, officers standing at the side pulled them both to safety using a rescue line. The man was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to further receive treatment."

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