Line rescue teams called to assist a male who had fallen on his way home

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Tollcross and Newcraighall line rescue crews lower man to safety

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Operations Control Edinburgh received a call just after 1am from a 31 year old man who had fallen whilst making his way home via a shortcut and he was unsure as to his exact whereabouts.

Line Rescue teams from Tollcross and Newcraighall were mobilised to the general area and an intensive search was carried out by firefighters on foot, both up and downstream, assisted by the staff in the Operations Control who remained on the phone to him, passing information to the crews. A further 999 call was received from a member of the public advising he could hear someone crying for help.

Firefighters came upon the casualty coming up onto Dean bridge and the back of Randolph Crescent. The Line Rescue team was set up and the rescue performed from above with Firefighters abseiling 200 feet to the man and assisting him into a nappy stretcher from where he was lowered a further 200 feet  to the footpath below. 

He was suffering minor injuries and was handed to the Ambulance service for assessment.