Man Rescued After Fall from Brentford Lock
Large crowd cheer as lifeboat crew save man from rising tide
At 11.20 on Sunday morning 5th November London Coastguard requested Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat to attend an incident by Brentford lock.
A man had fallen 30 feet from a wall onto the mud close to Brentford lock at the entrance to the Grand Union Canal. A friend had climbed down to help him but was unable to do anything on his own. An hour passed by before he could get anyone’s attention, by then the tide had started to rise and he was panicking.
The lifeboat arrived at the scene at 11.28 to find a semi-conscious casualty being held up above the rapidly rising water. He had extensive injuries to his face, head and shoulders and was now hypothermic with severe difficulty in breathing.
The fire brigade had arrived on the landside but was unable to recover the man to the shore. Helmsman Alan Hudson assessed the situation and decided the best course of action was to get the injured man onto the lifeboat so that he could be landed at a safer location. Mechanic Ian Owen and crew member John Pooley went into the water. With the assistance of four firemen the crewmen placed the casualty onto the lifeboat’s basket stretcher with a cervical collar and spinal board.
A crowd of several hundred people had gathered to watch the crew at work and all cheered when the lifeboat set off with the casualty safely on board
November 7, 2006