Man rescued from canal in Skipton is ‘critical’ in hospital


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A MAN is fighting for his life after being rescued from a canal on Friday night.

Police said a man in his 40s was taken to hospital after he was pulled from the water in Skipton just before 10pm.

A number of people who were in the area at the time are believed to have helped recover the man from the water, with some providing care and treatment in support of medical professionals, said a North Yorkshire Police spokesperson.

They added: “Police have arrested three teenagers, all under the age of 18, on suspicion of serious assault. They are currently in custody and await questioning.

“Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident are urging any witnesses, or anyone with information, who has not yet come forward to get in touch.

“The man was treated by ambulance crews after entering the water on the stretch of canal behind Skipton bus station.

“He remains in hospital today and his condition is described as critical.”

Detective Superintendent Wayne Fox said: “We are aware of concerns about anti-social behaviour in this part of Skipton and the public will have seen a significantly increased police presence in that area in the last two days.

“North Yorkshire Police are working to address these wider issues and increased policing activity will continue in the coming days.

“This is a …

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