Crowborough assist in overnight river rescue


Fire crews have rescued a man from the River Ouse in Lewes.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 3.22am this morning (Sunday 5th) reporting that a man had fallen in to the river near the A27.

Specialist water rescue teams from Lewes and Crowborough fire stations sesarched the river, starting at Southease and the Cuilfail Tunnel.

With the help of a Police helicopter, the man was found on the river bank at a location that was very difficult for crews to reach.  The inaccessible location required the use of an inflatable path to reach the casualty who was conscious but suffering from the extreme cold.

Crew members carried the casualty from the river and passed him in to the care of the ambulance service and he was taken to hospital.  At present, there are no reports concerning the health of the man.

Borough Commander Julie King commented:

Access to the river at this remote location proved very challenging for the crews involved in the incident.   It was very dark and cold and the teams had covered quite some distance on foot, sometimes running in full kit, to locate the casualty.   They worked hard and with ingenuity to bring the casualty to safety.

Emergency services left the scenes at 6.15am.



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  1. What a brilliant example of all three emergency services working together under difficult conditions. All praise to them and let’s hope decency prevails and they’re all given long overdue pay rises.

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