Man saved from canal by a passing jogger.
A MAN had to be resuscitated after being pulled from a canal in Leamington by a jogger.
The man was spotted floating in the canal by the runner who called 999 and pulled the man from the water before emergency services arrived. He was not breathing when emergency services arrived but medical staff, resuscitated him.
The man was airlifted to University Hospital, in Coventry, where medical staff described his condition as "critical".
The incident happened near Althorpe Street at about 7pm on Tuesday.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "A man out jogging spotted the man floating in the canal and called 999.
"The man, believed to be in his 40s, was not breathing and immediately paramedics started carrying out advanced life support. CPR continued and after a short time the man started to make respiratory effort.
"Due to the patient's serious condition the doctor anaesthetised the man at the scene before he was then transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by ambulance. "The hospital had been pre-alerted to the man's arrival and his condition.
"Unfortunately, the man's condition was described as critical.
"Thanks to the passer-by's actions of rescuing the man from the canal, medics were able to resuscitate him and give him the best possible chance."