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Drama as man forced to jump into canal to escape chasing youths

A man had a lucky escape after being forced to jump into Newry Canal to escape a gang of youths giving chase.

The drama unfolded late last night.

The man plunged over the edge of the canal, falling some 15 feet into the freezing and murky waters below.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was being pursued by a group of young people.

The PSNI and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and came to the man’s aid.

Also attending to help out were knights of the Newry corps of the Salvation Army, who regularly patrol the city centre to help those in need.

They too gave assistance to the man.

He managed to scramble back to the edge of the canal and cling to the sheer wall. Slowly he inched himself upwards before he was within reach and hoisted free from the water.

Fortunately the man has been described by police as “safe and well”, but the ordeal could have ended so differently.

*Main pics by Newry Knights @SalvoNewry1

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