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Man, 93, plunges 15ft into Truro river on mobility scooter

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Media captionEmergency services rescue a 93-year-old man who fell into a river on his mobility scooter

A 93-year-old man had to be rescued after he plunged 15ft (4.5m) into a river in Truro, Cornwall on his mobility scooter at low tide.

The man became trapped on the mudflats when his vehicle tumbled down steps and a sheer drop at Garras Wharf.

He was winched across the river by fire crews using an aerial platform and taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The extent of his injuries are not known but he was said to be "in good spirits" by the emergency services.

Image caption The aerial ladder platform carries the man across the river to the ambulance

Nathaniel Hooton, incident commander for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We had an elderly gentleman out and about. Unfortunately he has gone over the harbour wall with his mobility scooter.

"He was compos mentis but a bit dazed and confused."

The fire service was first called shortly after 11:00 GMT. More than 30 firefighters attended as well as coastguard, police and ambulance staff.

Image caption Emergency services with the scooter that fell 15ft into the river
Image caption Emergency services recovered the elderly man's bag and walking stick from the river
Image caption Incident commander Nathaniel Hooton said the man was "in good spirits"

It is not known how long the man had been in the river.

Truro River is tidal with high water at 05:50 GMT.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the man's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

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