Man rescued from River Welland in Stamford
A man has been rescued from the River Welland in Stamford this morning (October 2) after falling in on his mobility scooter.
Emergency services raced to the scene on the Water Street bank at around 9.50am and found the man being supported in the water by two good samaritans who had jumped in to help.
"He was on his mobility scooter on the path and lost control and went in the river," said Anita Tuck, who was walking across Albert Bridge when she noticed the commotion.
"I heard the screaming - I thought it was a dog.
"Two men jumped in to stabilise him.
"He was walking and talking and got on the the ambulance trolley himself and was saying he had just spent £80 on a new seat.
"If he had gone in head first, he would have been dead."
Anita added she had concerns about the state of the footpath that runs along the bank of the River Welland, next to Water Street.
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "We received a call at 9.52am this morning to Water Street, Stamford.
"The caller reported someone had gone into a river.
"We sent a crewed ambulance and treated a patient at the scene."
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said they sent a crew from Stamford and the water rescue teams from Bourne and Spalding.
They rescued the elderly man from the river along with his mobility scooter.
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