Rescue operation... Joe Adams is pictured with firefighter Sam Parker.
FIREFIGHTERS have praised the actions of a quick-thinking off-duty PCSO and a 16-year-old boy from Tamworth who helped rescue a woman after she fell into a canal.
Joe Adams, of Cornwall Avenue, was on his way home from school at QEMS when he noticed the woman in trouble.
"She just rolled down the bank and then she fell into a culvert," he said.
Simeon Hodson, from Glascote, had just finished a shift at work as a PCSO in Atherstone and was jogging past the scene with his nine-year-old daughter.
"The lad said 'someone's fallen down the embankment', I looked down and there was a lady down there," PCSO Hodson explained.
"I asked Joe to go and get me a rope. He did brilliantly.
"I was trying to winch myself down, but as this happened the young lady fell head first into the water so I had to jump down and get her, to keep her head above the water."
By this time Joe had called the fire and rescue service. Crews arrived at the scene – at the canal which runs through Fazeley – soon afterwards and went to help with the rescue.
Firefighter Sam Parker was on duty that day. He praised the efforts of Joe and PCSO Hodson.
"The girl had her head in the water when we arrived," firefighter Parker said.
"She could have been down there a long time if they hadn't helped.
"There was no way out of the canal. It could have ended up a lot worse.
"I would like to thank Joe and PCSO Hodson.
"The main thing is a young member of the public didn't ignore it and walk away.
"He called the fire brigade and got assistance. I'd like to thank everyone who was involved."
Joe's mum Lesley said it was only by chance that he'd been walking that way.
"He usually goes home another way," she explained.
"I'm extremely proud of him. I just hope the girl was okay."
The identity of the girl involved in the incident is not known, she is believed to have been in her early twenties and was taken to hospital by ambulance, where she was treated for her injuries.
Officer Parker said the fire and rescue service is always grateful to people who help out in emergencies.
"You shouldn't put yourself in a dangerous position," he continued.
"But even when we get to fires, people who have helped out a little bit, it may not seem a lot, but they have really helped."