Pensioner suffering hypothermia in Burnley riverbank rescue

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A pensioner suffering from hypothermia was rescued from near a river in Burnley.

The man, in his 60s, was discovered lying on a grass bank near the River Calder by a dog walker early this morning.

It is believed the stricken man may have been at the spot off Longton Road overnight.

The dog walker raised the alarm and paramedics were called in to help the man who was said to be conscious.

Fire crews had to be drafted in to help stretcher the man up onto the road off Pendle Way around 9-15am.

A spokesman for Burnley Fire Station said: “When the ambulance got to him, the man was suffering from hypothermia but they could not get him out.

“The man could sit up and get on the stretcher, but the ambulance needed manpower to get the stretcher up.”

The man is not thought to have suffered any injuries.