Heroes in Taunton canal rescue drama

Heroes in Taunton canal rescue drama

Aaron Lawton and Carl Reed at the site of their rescue.

Heroes in Taunton canal rescue drama

First published in News This is The West Country: Photograph of the Author by

MODEST heroes working on a building site saved the life of a man in a wheelchair who had fallen into a canal.

Aaron Lawton and Carl Reed shot down three flights of stairs and dived into the water without a second thought.

They then held the elderly man’s head above water until firefighters arrived to pull him to safety.

Aaron, who was working on a block of flats being built at Firepool Lock, Taunton, said: “We just ran down and automatically jumped in without thinking about it.

“Anyone else would have done the same. I don't feel like a hero.

“Who knows what would have happened if we hadn't gone in.

“There were two people at the side of the canal ringing 999 but we had to go in otherwise he might have drowned.”

Carl said: “I just did it - it's one of those things.

“It was lucky it was a weekday and we were there - if it had been a quiet Sunday nobody would have seen or heard him in the water.

“Some of my mates are calling me a hero, but I don't like to blow my own trumpet.”

They leapt into action after their colleague Brian Tong spotted the man fall 15 feet into the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal and heard him shouting for help.

He said: “He was caught in the reeds and had gone in head first.

“We were working four storeys up, but Aaron went down and waded across to the man along with Carl.

“He was heavy and strapped in and there was no way they could get him out, so they just kept his head above water.”

Emergency services arrived on the scene and firefighters used a ladder and a pulley to get the man, who is from Weston, to safety before taking him to hospital for a check up.

“He'd been in the water for about 15 minutes and was shivering, so we got him some fleeces to warm him up,” added Brian.

“He was very grateful and Carl and Aaron were brave to do what they did.”

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1:21pm Thu 17 Jul 14

james66 says...

Well done lads,look at the state of the canal,you can't see were the edge is.How about getting it cut Taunton AA or who ever own's it
Well done lads,look at the state of the canal,you can't see were the edge is.How about getting it cut Taunton AA or who ever own's it james66
  • Score: 20

8:44pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Corina Mason-Shepherd says...

Carl and Aaron - You truly are Heroes saving this gentleman. We are extremely proud of you and the action you took to help someone in danger. Well done! From Aunty Corina and all the family. ;-)) xx
Carl and Aaron - You truly are Heroes saving this gentleman. We are extremely proud of you and the action you took to help someone in danger. Well done! From Aunty Corina and all the family. ;-)) xx Corina Mason-Shepherd
  • Score: -1

11:48pm Thu 17 Jul 14

somersetvoyager says...

james66 wrote:
Well done lads,look at the state of the canal,you can't see were the edge is.How about getting it cut Taunton AA or who ever own's it
Why do you need to see the edge? You only need to see the path, which is plenty wide enough.
[quote][p][bold]james66[/bold] wrote: Well done lads,look at the state of the canal,you can't see were the edge is.How about getting it cut Taunton AA or who ever own's it[/p][/quote]Why do you need to see the edge? You only need to see the path, which is plenty wide enough. somersetvoyager
  • Score: 5

2:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

ToytownTim says...

Well done lads
Well done lads ToytownTim
  • Score: -1

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