Emergency services cut through wall to rescue teenager trapped between buildings in County Durham

Firefighters have carried out a dramatic rescue to save a teenage boy trapped between two buildings in County Durham.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 10:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 10:11 am

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Specialist crews were called to Newton Aycliffe’s Thames Centre this afternoon.

Crews from Darlington, Spennymoor, Durham and Bishop Auckland attended, with Working at Height crews from Newton Aycliffe and Seaham and Bishop Auckland’s Special Rescue Unit.

An advisor from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s attended to offer advice alongside the Hazardous Area Rescue Team, North East Ambulance Service, Durham County Council Building Control and Durham Constabulary .

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Emergency services at the scene

Incident Commander Rob Cherrie said: “Firefighters used a range of equipment to cut through an external wall, while reassuring him and trying to keep him calm.

“The teenager has now been transported to hospital by the ambulance service.

“I would like to commend the emergency services at the scene who worked very quickly and tirelessly to rescue the teenager from the cavity.”

Firefighters cut through an external wall to free the boy