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Issue:- Monday, 9 May 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 4 news items.    Page - 10.

3 men rescued from River Mersey

FIREFIGHTERS were called to the River Mersey, close to Jericho Lane, on Otterspool, on Thursday, 5 May 2016, following reports of a person in the water. 2 fire engines, the Search and Rescue Team and the Marine Fire 1 rescue boat were tasked to the incident.

Prior to the attendance of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, an off duty Merseyside firefighter and a member of the public had entered the river to assist an unconscious male casualty by keeping him afloat and maintaining an airway.

The man was rescued from the water by crews from the MF&RS Marine Rescue Unit, who brought him aboard the Marine Fire One rescue boat and gave him CPR and oxygen. He was taken by boat to the Marine Rescue Unit at Pier Head and handed in to the care of paramedics, before being taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Both men who assisted the casualty were also taken by boat to the Marine Rescue Unit and assessed at the scene by paramedics. 1 of the men was taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital for further checks.

Marine Rescue Unit Team Leader, Iain Holgate, said:- "We were tasked by HM Coastguard to reports of a person in the water at Jericho Lane area of Otterspool Promenade. We mobilised quickly and found 3 people in the water; 1 unconscious casualty and 2 members of the public who had jumped in to the water to assist. 1 of the men was a Merseyside firefighter who was off duty. We rescued all 3 men on to our lifeboat and made best speed back to the Pier Head while administering CPR and oxygen to the unconscious casualty. Ambulance service personnel met us at the Pier Head and took over care of the casualties, together with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service appliances and HM Coastguard mobile teams. The unconscious casualty was transferred to hospital with ambulance crews and one of the members of the public who assisted was also taken to hospital for further checks."

Station Manager Franny Hill, who served as incident commander at the scene, said:- "This was a heroic deed by an off duty firefighter along and a member of the public who risked their own lives in very cold water to save a man's life today. It should be noted that all MF&RS operational personnel receive water training. We would like to remind people of the inherent dangers of being in or around the water and to stay safe as the warmer weather approaches."

RSPCA reminds pet owners to keep their animals safe over the warm months

WITH temperatures set to soar to 20C this week, the RSPCA is issuing advice to pet owners to ensure their animals are comfortable and happy in the heat. Just as cold, wintry weather can pose a risk to animals, hot temperatures in the summer months can also be hazardous to our furry friends.

Every year we receive thousands of reports of animals suffering from heat exposure. The most common calls the RSPCA's emergency 24 hour line receives is on dogs in hot cars. But it's important to remember not to leave any animal in a car or caravan, or in a conservatory or outbuilding, where temperatures can quickly rise to 47C which can result in death.

Last month, RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes left a thermometer in his van in 15C heat and left it for an hour to see what temperature it would reach inside his vehicle. Within just 60 minutes, the temperature had climbed to 43.5C.

Inspector Joynes said:- "In an emergency, it is best to dial:- 999 and report a dog in a hot car to Police. The RSPCA may not be able to attend quickly enough and, with no powers of entry, we'd need police assistance at such an incident. If the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke; such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated, or collapsed and vomiting; call:- 999 immediately."

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