The emergency services rescued a man from the Manchester Ship Canal after reports of concern for his welfare.

They rushed to the Irlam Road side of the Manchester Ship Canal at around 2.40am this morning (October 28).

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the man was rescued from the water and was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said the emergency services were in attendance for around five and a half hours.

The GMP spokesperson said: "At around 2.40am officers were called to reports of concern for the welfare of a man on Irlam Road.

"Officers attended the scene and a man was located a short time later at the Manchester Ship Canal where he was brought to safety by the emergency services and he remains in hospital with minor injuries."

The GMFRS spokesperson said: "At shortly before 3am crews were called to Irlam Road following reports of a person in the water. 

"Alongside Greater Manchester Police, two fire engines from Stretford and Sale fire stations, along with the Technical Response Unit from Leigh and the Water Incident Unit from Eccles attended the scene.

"Crews worked to assist the man from the water before he was assessed at the scene by North West Ambulance Service.

"Firefighters were in attendance for approximately five and a half hours."

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