Yorkshire, England — A local fisherman had fallen into the River Aire near Leeds Bridge around 9:40am this morning. Fortunately for him, the Leeds Water Taxi staff spotted him and immediately went to help.
According to Leeds Fire Station Watch Commander Richard Potter, the man have been on the water for 5-10 minutes when he was rescued.
The water taxi staff raised the alarm upon spotting the fisherman. They also managed to keep him above the water until emergency services were at the scene.
As Hunslet firefighters and water rescue teams arrived, they pulled the fisherman from the water near the Riverside Court apartments.
Firefighters praised the staff for their help and attentiveness of their surroundings.
“The water taxi has done some really good work, they were really good,” Commander Potter said. “Staff on the taxi spotted him, went to assist and held him out of the water.”
Furthermore, the man was conscious and breathing when he was pulled from the river. Paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Services attended and took care of the fisherman.
“At 9:39 am today (11/6) police received reports of a man in the River Aire near to Dock Street,” a spokesman from West Yorkshire Police stated. “Members of the public had assisted in bringing the man to safety. He has been taken to hospital to be checked over but has no life-threatening injuries.”
Police are still investigating the cause of the incident. But according to some reports, the fisherman had fallen from Leeds Bridge.