Leeds river rescue as man spotted in water near The Calls

A man was taken to hospital after being rescued from the River Aire in Leeds city centre overnight.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:52 pm

Emergency services were alerted just after midnight when the man was spotted in the water near The Calls.

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) said members of its specially trained Hazardous Area Response Team were among those involved in today's rescue.

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The man was spotted in the River Aire near The Calls in Leeds city centre. Picture: James Hardisty

The team's members are trained to treat and rescue injured people in dangerous environments such as collapsed buildings or crashed vehicles.

They also provide emergency treatment during operations where patients are trapped or in places where access is difficult such as underground or in water.

A YAS spokesperson said: "We were called just after midnight to reports of a male in the water on The Calls, Leeds.

"We dispatched an ambulance, clinical supervisor and the Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene and the patient was conveyed to Leeds General Infirmary."

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