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Emergency turnout after report of man falling into canal

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THERE was a full turn out of emergency services this afternoon near the Warburton toll bridge, near Warrington, after reports of a man plunging into the Manchester Ship Canal.

A police helicopter, fire engines and ambulances were sent to the scene and a rescue boat was launched on the canal.

A passerby had reported seeing a man falling, or jumping, into the water, describing the clothing he was wearing and even the man’s appearance.

Fire Service officers used a thermal imaging camera and eventually a man matching the description given earlier was discovered on the canal towpath, apparently unharmed and not having been in the water.

Officers are now speaking to the man.

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