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Man pulled from River Bann in late-night rescue

Police officers in Northern Ireland have rescued a man from the River Bann in a late-night rescue.

Officers from the PSNI's North Coast division were called out to the Old Bridge in Coleraine a short time after 1am.

Upon arriving they found an "agitated and distressed" man who they attempted to reason with.

The man then jumped into the river and was swept downstream.

Officers deployed rescue lines and searched the river by torch light to try and locate the man in the dark waters.

Officers entered the water and were able to pull the man to shore.

The PSNI was accompanied on the rescue by members of the Community Rescue Service (CRS) - a volunteer-run charity that provides rescue cover on inland rivers - and once the man was recovered from the water he was taken by a CRS boat to Christie Park, where he transferred to Causeway A & E for treatment for water immersion and hypothermia.

The man is expected to make a full recovery.

Speaking about the rescue effort, CRS regional commander Sean McCarry said: "I cannot praise the response teams from police and the CRS enough. Without their quick and professional reaction and response there is no doubt that this person who found themselves in extreme difficulty and danger had little or no chance of survival.

"This was a situation where a moment's delay could have cost a life and the actions of all involved starting with the police team in their control and ending with the very fast ambulance service response has ensured that the outcome was positive."

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