Firefighters rescue dangerously-cold man, 80, with arm stuck in drain at West Hill

An 80-year-old man with his arm stuck in a drain and suffering with hypothermia at West Hill was rescued by Ottery St Mary firefighters this morning.

The crew was called to Hawkins Lane, West Hill, shortly before 10.30am on Thursday, February 13, where they freed the pensioner, who was trapped up to his shoulder.

Firefighters helped the man into dry clothes and called an ambulance for the dangerously-cold pensioner.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire appliance from Ottery St Mary was mobilised to a report of an elderly male with his arm trapped in an external drain.

“On arrival at the incident fire crews requested the ambulance service for the 80-year-old male as he was suffering from hypothermia.

“The casualty had his arm trapped inside the drain up to his shoulder. Crews released the male and assisted him by helping him to change into warm and dry clothes.”

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