River rescuers call for quay railings in King’s Lynn

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A builder who helped to rescue a man from the River Great Ouse is calling for railings to be installed along Lynn’s Quayside to prevent further incidents.

Simon Thompson was working on the lookout on the roof of the former Bradley’s wine bar when he heard the man’s cries for help on Monday morning.

Mr Thompson and his colleague Rob Balding dashed down to the riverside and tried to throw a life ring.

But the man was unable to reach it and his face went under water before floating down the river. Mr Thompson climbed down one of the ladders on the bank and got into the river.

Mr Thompson, who lives in Elm, near Wisbech, said: “Just as he was coming by I managed to grab him by the scruff of the neck and got hold of him.

“I got him to the ladder and helped him up. A policeman also helped to pull him up. It was something anyone would do.”

Mr Thompson then left the man with the ambulance crews before heading into town to buy fresh clothes.

The man was later taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr Thompson said: “I think there should be railings there.”

His calls are echoed by Chris Golden, 34, of Lynn, who also stopped to help with his friend Wayne Hardy.

Mr Golden and Mr Hardy saw the incident and tried to reassure the man while he was in the water.

He said: “There should be railings or a fence of some kind as that could have been a child.

“Railings would prevent that.”

King’s Lynn Conservancy Board is the port authority and is in charge of sections of the quayside. Harbour master John Lorking said: “South Quay is a working quayside and railings would prevent mooring along that side.”

It is not known how the man ended up in the river.

Bradley’s Wine Bar was sold last year and is now being converted into a home.