Thursday 12 December 2019

VIDEO: Man rescued after freezing to an anchor in River Thames

This is the chilling moment lifeboat crew pulled a man from the river because he was so cold he froze to the anchor.

The video shows the frozen man being hoisted onto a lifeboat by crew. His arms and legs appear to be rigid – with his arms raised above his head.

The man, thought to be in his 30s, was saved by the Chisick RNLI Lifeboat Crew in the early hours of Tuesday morning after reports came through that a man was in the River Thames.

The dramatic rescue saw the crew having to prise the man’s arms from the mooring chain of a houseboat because his limbs had frozen in place.

Police and an ambulance team were unable to drag the man from the water so the lifeboat crew were called in.

The crew said the man was so cold he couldn’t move his arms and legs.

It’s not clear how or why the man ended up in the water but his injuries from the cold are not thought to be life-threatening.

Crew are seen lifting the frozen man from the water to the left of the picture
Crew are seen lifting the frozen man from the water to the left of the picture
Crew are seen lifting the frozen man from the water to the left of the picture
Crew are seen lifting the frozen man from the water to the left of the picture
Crew are seen lifting the frozen man from the water to the left of the picture
Crew are seen lifting the frozen man from the water to the left of the picture

Irish Independent

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