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Man rescued from the River Foss overnight
10:40am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
FIRE crews rescued a man from the River Foss in York in the early hours of this morning.
Crews were called to the river, near Eboracum Way, at about 2.05am today, after the man was spotted in the river.
Mr Frank Kerr, who lives in a nearby apartment block, called the police after he heard splashing and shouting coming from the water.
He said: "At first I thought it was ducks splashing around until I heard him shouting.
"He was shouting 'help me, I'm drowning' so I called the police straight away.
"The water had been rising because of the rain so it was quite deep, if I hadn't heard him he would have drowned."
Mr Kerr said he believed the man was in his mid-twenties and said he told him he had been sitting on the bridge when he had fallen in to the river.
The North Yorkshire Fire Service rescue boat was sent to the scene, but was not needed, as firefighters managed to rescue the man by throwing lines to him from the river bank.
No details of his injuries are available, but the man was left with North Yorkshire Police officers.