Lancashire man rescued from icy river

A frozen scene near Macclesfield
A frozen scene near Macclesfield
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A Lancashire man was taken to hospital after being pulled from an icy riverbank.

Cumbria Police Insp Chris Wright said paramedics called in shortly before 9am on Sunday with reports that a man had fallen onto the rocks at Sedgwick.

Authorities were not sure if he’d been in the water, nor how long he’d been exposed to the elements. Temperatures in the area hovered below freezing overnight.

“The weather was against us, there was thick fog in the area and we have had snow,” Insp Wright said.

“The male was found lying on an island in the middle of the river.”

It’s believed the man, a Lancashire man aged in his early 50s, had to be treated for hypothermia but is now recovering in hospital.

John Lee, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said temperatures on Monday night could reach minus 3C or 4C in England and Wales and minus 10C in Scotland.

Emergency services across the country are warning motorists to be prepared for the icy conditions, especially on minor and untreated roads.