Man falls into Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Published: Friday, 02 July 2021

A RESCUE had to be mounted to get a man out of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The man was unable to get out of the trough of the aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the Dee, alerting a massive rescue operation with a reported five police cars, two ambulances and three fire engines attending!

aqeduct troughIn difficulty

The person reporting the man in difficulty yesterday, Thursday, was unable to help him, hence the call for assistance, with the aqueduct then crowded with rescuers.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson explained:

“We were called today, 1st July, at approximately 8:31am to reports of an incident in the Llangollen Canal area of Pontcysyllte.

"We responded with two emergency ambulances, one rapid response vehicle and were supported by the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.”


A man was pulled from the water and taken to hospital, where he recovered from his ordeal. It is not known how he came to be in the water.

There were no boats crossing at the time.