Man falls 20ft. trying to retrieve mobile phone

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A MAN had to be rescued by emergency services after trying to retrieve his mobile phone which he had dropped 20ft. below.

The 32-year-old man luckily escaped serious injury when he fell into a river bed after the drainpipe he was clambering down broke outside Koko’s nightclub, Elizabeth Street.

An aerial ladder platform was mobilised from Blackburn, while police and ambulance were also called to the Burnley town centre entertainment venue at 10-45 p.m. on Saturday.

Koko’s owner Mrs Beverley Musso said: “The man was attending a 21st party at our ground floor Hacienda bar and was stood outside on the balcony when he dropped his phone.

“There is a drop even below the ground floor and the sensible thing would have been to tell a member of staff and we would have tried to retrieve it in a safe way.

“However, the man decided to clamber down a drainpipe which then broke and he fell. I can only imagine the cost of deploying all those emergency services which could have been avoided had he told a member of staff.

“He was stood up at the bottom shouting up for help because he couldn’t get back up.”

Fire-fighters placed the man was placed on a basket stretcher and he was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said the man did not receive serious injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.