Fire crews Cherwell River man rescued by fire crews

A man has been rescued by fire crews from the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire.

The man was spotted in the water just after 02:00 BST about 50m downstream from the bridge on Station Approach.

Firefighters wearing life jackets had to climb down the steep side of the river bank and helped the man to safety.

He was later taken to hospital for treatment. It is not clear why the man was in the water.

Watch manager Danny Hicks said: "You have to act quickly at water-related incidents, even in the height of summer, river and canal water is very cold.

"This rapidly takes away any strength you might have to save yourself and the weeds can pull you under."

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