An elderly man has been rescued after a terrifying river bank fall in Huddersfield.
The 82-year-old plunged down the “very steep” banking of the River Holme yesterday evening by Stockwell Vale in Armitage Bridge after losing his footing, and became trapped.
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A huge search was mounted after his disappearance was reported at 7.25pm and the man was seen about an hour later.
He was spotted on the steep bank by the crew of the West Yorkshire Police helicopter which flew low over the area between Berry Brow and Armitage Bridge.
They found him using thermal imaging cameras and instantly alerted Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Police officers, who raced to the scene.
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Officers managed to scramble down the banking to find the man but were unable to move him.
A spokesperson said: “Getting officers on the ground to him proved very difficult as he was on a very steep slope.
“The man was OK, but very cold and tired, so getting him back to safety was going to be a problem.”
One firefighter, Craig Littlewood, explained how they managed to get him to safety.
He said: “Myself and firefighter Dave Sykes used a rescue float to get across the river, got the man into the boat and took him back to the ambulance.
“The police, firefighters, mountain rescue and paramedics all worked really well together.”