A man has died after a narrowboat sank while negotiating a lock

Monday 25th July 2016 – 3.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A narrowboat that sank as it went through a canal lock has left one man dead.

The incident happened at Lock 5 on the Droitwich Junction Canal, off the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The alarm was raised shortly after 11.20am this morning (Monday).

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The lock was drained and firefighters went on board the narrowboat.  They brought the man out and advanced life support was carried out by ambulance staff, but sadly it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“An elderly woman who had managed to get off the narrow boat was assessed by ambulance staff but was found to be uninjured and was left with police officers.”

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Ambulance man and bag

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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