Rowing coach praised after rescuing cyclist who fell into the Bridgewater Canal in Timperley

Messenger Newspapers: Martin Chandler at the canal Martin Chandler at the canal

THE North West Ambulance Service has praised the actions of a rowing coach who rescued a cyclist who fell into a Timperley canal.


Martin Chandler, who is the Trafford Rowing Club junior coach, was teaching some youngsters in the Bridgewater Canal when he was informed that a cyclist had fallen into the water close to Timperley Metrolink stop.


Mr Chandler, who is 36 and lives in Broadheath, said he initially threw a line to the cyclist – but he was lying face down in the water and it quickly became clear that he was not in a position to grab the line.


“I knew I had to get to him and get him out of the water as quickly as possible,” said Mr Chandler.


“If he had been in there any longer I don’t think he would have survived.”


The Sinderland Road resident took the decision to enter the water and pull the cyclist to the side, then, with the help of another man, managed to lift him onto the embankment.


He then covered the man in coats to keep him warm and kept him talking to ensure he remained conscious – before helping carrying him up the steps to where the ambulance was parked.


Mr Chandler was them able to return his attention to his young rowers.


“They were all fine, after I made sure the guy was OK I sent the rest of them back towards the club house,” he added.
 

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4:38pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Waterburst says...

Wasn't you, dipper dapper, was it??
Wasn't you, dipper dapper, was it?? Waterburst
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

dipperdapper says...

Its rare for me to be in that location due to the surface, Still trying to work out how at that point anyone could end up in the water, The section at Brooklands bridge facing north where that broken up bin is can be hard to navigate but even with mud and rain im still able to cycle under the bridge, well done to the 2 who saved the man though and I agree with paramedics not to put your own life at risk but call emergency services
Its rare for me to be in that location due to the surface, Still trying to work out how at that point anyone could end up in the water, The section at Brooklands bridge facing north where that broken up bin is can be hard to navigate but even with mud and rain im still able to cycle under the bridge, well done to the 2 who saved the man though and I agree with paramedics not to put your own life at risk but call emergency services dipperdapper
  • Score: 3

6:54am Sun 6 Apr 14

Fuzzball says...

Well done for getting the man out. I do have an issue with this American style of reporting, where you say "if it had taken any longer he might have died." It all sounds a bit over dramatic.

As for entering the water, it's only about 6 foot deep and your are hardly going to get washed away by a torrent or underlying current. No more dangerous than getting in the swimming baths
Well done for getting the man out. I do have an issue with this American style of reporting, where you say "if it had taken any longer he might have died." It all sounds a bit over dramatic. As for entering the water, it's only about 6 foot deep and your are hardly going to get washed away by a torrent or underlying current. No more dangerous than getting in the swimming baths Fuzzball
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

rockinrocky_robin says...

You're not supposed to cycle under the bridges are you, hence the signs suggesting that cyclists dismount at Brooklands and again at Sale

Perhaps this was a revenge attack from one of the numerous joggers/runners who use the towpath and are often forced to jump out of the way or pushed into the bushes by cyclists who refuse to use their bells or reduce speed regardless of what obstacles are in their way
You're not supposed to cycle under the bridges are you, hence the signs suggesting that cyclists dismount at Brooklands and again at Sale Perhaps this was a revenge attack from one of the numerous joggers/runners who use the towpath and are often forced to jump out of the way or pushed into the bushes by cyclists who refuse to use their bells or reduce speed regardless of what obstacles are in their way rockinrocky_robin
  • Score: -2

10:25pm Tue 8 Apr 14

dipperdapper says...

rockinrocky the robin, Take up Cycling enjoy the freedom it gives you the joys of knowing not only are you doing your bit for the environment but also for your own health and share the canal bank like everyone else does
rockinrocky the robin, Take up Cycling enjoy the freedom it gives you the joys of knowing not only are you doing your bit for the environment but also for your own health and share the canal bank like everyone else does dipperdapper
  • Score: 1

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