Rescue of man from Tweed is hailed

A worker at Berwick Shellfish Company has been praised for plucking a man from the River Tweed.

Friday, 11th March 2016, 8:47 am
Updated Monday, 14th March 2016, 8:43 am
The River Tweed at Berwick
The River Tweed at Berwick

A truck driver spotted the man in the river approximately 30 metres from the shore on Dock Road on Thursday.

James Heyworth and Emma Flannigan from Berwick Shellfish were quickly on the scene and called the emergency services.

However, they could see the man was struggling in the cold so James swam out and pulled him back to dry land.

They got him in a vehicle and took him to Berwick Infirmary where is understood he was transferred to Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

A post on the firm’s facebook page, said: “I know this chap will not be amused at my public mention of today’s events, but after an update from the relevant authorities I feel it’s only fair to mention someones courage and bravery that we as friends and family can only feel privileged to live and work alongside.

“Just along from the factory in Dock Road, a young man somehow got into difficulties in freezing cold waters approx 30 metres from the river bank, James Heyworth and Emma Flannigan were quick on the scene after being alerted by a truck driver who spotted him whilst on a break, they kept an eye on him whilst at the same time called the emergency services.

“As the cold was obviously unbearable and he was running out of energy, James without hesitation swam out to help the man back to shore where, albeit he was suffering from extreme cold and exhaustion, we managed to get him into a vehicle and take him to Berwick infirmary, without the need of Berwick lifeboat. As I understand he was transferred to Borders General Hospital as a safety precausion but is on the mend.

“Well done big man, we’re lucky to have guys like you around us, always first in and fearless.”