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'Lucky escape' for man after tree falls by Bath canal

A holidaymaker narrowly missed being crushed to death when a tree fell on him as he was opening a lock gate on a canal in Bath.

The 71-year-old man from Hull was travelling on the Kennet and Avon in a barge when the accident happened.

A Great Western Ambulance Service spokesman said the man had been "extremely lucky".

"It was a substantial tree... landing a few extra inches would have been fatal," he said.

"The tree had come down and landed parallel to the lock gate the man was operating near Widcombe Hill.

"Paramedics were called to reports of a man trapped under a tree... however it turned out he was under some of the outer branches and had narrowly missed being crushed.

"He was extremely lucky," the service spokesman added.

It is thought a combination of wind and heavy rain was responsible for causing the tree to topple on Sunday.

The man was taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital for treatment to back and chest injuries.

He was not believed to have been seriously injured.

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