A former serviceman in distress was rescued from the canal basin near Telford’s Warehouse in Chester.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident with its rescue boat along with police and paramedics about 8.40pm on Saturday (October 31).
The boat was not launched but the man, in his late 30s, who is understood to be ex-military, was helped out of the canal on the Northgate Locks side of Telford’s.
He was upset, soaking wet and appeared to have been drinking but was physically unharmed after he is believed to have stepped off the towpath into the water which is only waist high at that point.
The casualty was taken to hospital in the back of the ambulance to be treated for the effects of possible hypothermia.
White watch manager Chris Rodaway, of Chester Fire Station, understood the patient was an ex-serviceman who was suffering from ‘emotional distress’.
He said: “The gentleman was treated with the utmost respect by all involved.”
The incident lasted about 20 minutes in total.