Police helicopter in dramatic Doncaster river rescue

South Yorkshire Police helicopter.
South Yorkshire Police helicopter.

The South Yorkshire Police helicopter was involved in a dramatic rescue last night after an angler fell in the river near Doncaster town centre.

The helicopter crew landed near the river bank at Milethorn Lane, Wheatley, and assisted in pulling the man out of the water.

Emergency sevricves were called to the river just before 7pm when a man dialled 999 to say his friend had fallen into the water while they had bene fishing near the rear of Doncaster College’s Hub building.

He had jumped into the water to try and pull him out but was unable to so climbed onto the bank to raise the alarm.

By the time emergency services arrived the man had been swept down river because of the volume of water in the Don but the helicopter was able to spot him with its spotlights and camera.

The crew decided to land nearby and some of the crew were able to pull the man from the water and passed him to firefighters who kept him warm until an ambulance could take him to hospital.