Two rescued after car plunges into Altrincham canal

A woman and a man were rescued by firefighters after their car plunged into a canal in Greater Manchester.

The 65-year-old woman was resuscitated by the emergency services after the crash on Canal Road, Timperley, Altrincham, at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday.

A 68-year-old man was rescued but collapsed on the embankment. Both were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Two other passengers, believed to be from the same family, were safely out of the water when fire crews arrived.

Watch Manager Bjorn Burdsall, from Altrincham Fire Station, said: "There was one man next to the water and a firefighter with a buoyancy aid and throw line from Sale Fire Station was making his way down the embankment to start rescuing him.

"Knowing that there was still someone in the car, two more firefighters with buoyancy aids went into the water with breaking-in gear.

"They had a tough job but they managed to break the windows and get the woman out through it."

Greater Manchester Police said they were investigating.

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