Fighting for life: Man found clinging to buoy in Wear at Sunderland

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A MAN was left fighting for his life after he was found clinging to a buoy in the River Wear with serious injuries.

The emergency services launched a rescue after the man, aged in his mid-20s, was spotted holding onto the float close to the Ropery in Deptford, near to the Queen Alexandra Bridge.

He was later airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment for multiple injuries, including damage to his pelvis, chest and abdomen, as well as the affects of severe hypothermia.


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