Emergency services must rescue drunk cyclist and his dish of the day from the canal (Koekelare)

Emergency services must rescue drunk cyclist and his dish of the day from the canal (Koekelare)
Emergency services must rescue drunk cyclist and his dish of the day from the canal (Koekelare)

Emergency services rescued the man from the canal. — © jhm

Koekelare

The emergency services had to perform a striking rescue in Koekelare on Monday evening. A drunk cyclist had stumbled into the canal with his recently collected dish of the day and almost completely disappeared from view. The police, fire brigade, ambulance and a mosquito doctor rushed to the scene to save the man.

The incident occurred when darkness fell around 7.30 pm along the Belhuttebaan in Koekelare. A man who lives along the same street had gone there on his bicycle to get a dish of the day. On the way back with his evening meal, however, things went wrong. “The man sent his bicycle straight into the canal,” says police commissioner Geert Provoost of the Polder zone. “It concerns a rather deep canal next to the cycle path on the corn. There is some vegetation and it had been raining. So there was also mud in the canal.”

“The man almost completely disappeared from view, but his arm was still sticking out. He did not get out of the moat under his own power. Fortunately, a passerby saw everything and called emergency services. As a result of that report, the MUG doctor and an ambulance also arrived on the scene. However, the man was well deep in the canal and therefore reinforcements were called in from the fire brigade and our services. We were able to get the man out of the canal that way. He suffered minor injuries and wet clothing. The man is known to us and was under the influence of alcohol, but all in all, he is doing well.”

His supper, however, could no longer be eaten. Jelle Houwen

The article is in Dutch

Belgium

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