Operation overkill

Published: Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WHEN a man fell into the Tring Summit of the Grand Union Canal it needed at least four ambulances, three fire engines, countless police cars and a helicopter to rescue him!

The unamed man had fallen into the canal between Bulbourne and Marsworth at around 8pm on Monday night, with the emergency services going into overdrive, our man at the summit, Howard Clarke tells us.


It is assumed he was a boater, being trapped between a narrowboat and the towpath, and, having shoulder and ankle injuries, was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Both South Central Ambulance Service and East of England Ambulance sent staff to the scene—at least four ambulances. Then there were fire appliances from Aylesbury and Tring. then  there was a Water Rescue Unit from Newport Pagnell, then a rapid response vehicle and a hazardous response and their ambulance crew.

Finishing of with a helicopter in the form of an air ambulance.

As Howard, remarked—all to fish one man out of the water!