A MAN was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath by ambulance last night after falling into the River Avon near the town bridge in Bradford on Avon.

Emergency services were called out after reports that a man had gone into the river, which is currently high and fast flowing because of flooding in the area.

Initially, it was believed that two people had entered the river near Bridge Street, sparking a huge response from 999 crews, including the Hazardous Area Response Team.

Two Incident Response Units from South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene, alongside a rapid response ambulance car, an ambulance, and a number of police vehicles.

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesperson said they received a call at 9.31pm and were on the scene within ten minutes.

The man received treatment at the scene after managing to get himself out of the water. He was understood to be conscious and talking.

The SWAS spokesperson said: “There was some confusion as to whether there was a second person in the river but this did not appear to be the case.

“Our paramedics treated the man for a minor head injury and he was then taken to the RUH by road ambulance.”

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “We received a call at around 10.05pm last night from paramedics treating a man who had been in the River Avon in Bradford on Avon.

“There was a concern that they may have been a second person still in the water, so officers attended in case assistance was needed.

“It was then clarified that there was no other person in the river.”