Runner saves blind 80-year-old man after he falls in canal

Photo by Andy Lambert for the Manchester Evening News

A runner in Manchester came to the rescue on Easter Monday after 80-year-old Neville Tyldesley plunged into a canal on Holland Street, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Neville, who is blind and has dementia, had been discharged from the Manchester Royal Infirmary and sent home in a taxi, but ended up alone in the district of Miles Platting after giving the taxi driver an old address. He fell into the freezing cold canal, but was saved by a passing runner who dived in to pull him out.

Neville's daughters, Diane Brannan and Beverley Stringer, were expecting a call to pick him up, but instead he was found shivering on Diane's doorstep. "We are so lucky that jogger pulled him out - at the time I was too distracted to thank him properly - but we’d really like to," Diane told the Manchester Evening News.

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