Town heroes help save man from river

Two of the binmen at the location they helped save a man after he jumped in the river. From left, Audrius Rudys and Billy Green. Third crew member Ian Smalley was not available for the picture.
Two of the binmen at the location they helped save a man after he jumped in the river. From left, Audrius Rudys and Billy Green. Third crew member Ian Smalley was not available for the picture.

Quick-thinking binmen who helped save a man from drowning in the Maud Foster drain have been praised by authorities.

Three Boston Borough Council employees spotted an unnamed man climb onto the barrier alongside the drain while they were collecting refuse in Hospital Lane on December 15 last year.

Crew member Billy Green saw the man jump into the water and ran towards the footbridge, telephoning the emergency services as he went.

Refuse lorry driver Audrius Rudys also went to assist.

They said Billy managed to flag a fire engine coming down Horncastle Road and the service crew managed to get the man out of the water.

“We saw the man start to remove his shoes and a layer of clothes and then he went over the railing and into the water,” said Billy. “We could see him on his back in the water.

“It was very cold. They got him out and we carried on with our round.”

Acting chief executive Phil Drury praised the actions of Mr Rudys, Mr Green and fellow crew member Ian Smalley.

He said: “I’m really proud of these lads. They did a great job.”

Keiron Davey, technical fire safety manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said the two fire crew members were on a training exercise when they spotted the binmen.

He said they called for support before one went in the river to keep the man’s head above water before a further crew arrived and rescued the man, who was checked over by paramedics.

Mr Davey said: “The binmen did the right thing by calling us for help rather than putting themselves in danger and fortunately we were able to rescue this person.”

Pictured are Billy and Audrius.