Three fire crews from Central and Parkway fire stations were called to Nursery Street in Sheffield at 2:40pm on Thursday afternoon to reports of a man in the river.
When firefighters arrived at the scene local workmen had managed to get the man to the banking where crews were able to reach him and carried him on a longboard up to the ambulance crew.
Firefighters are now warning people of the dangers of open water:
•The water can be much deeper than you expect
•Rivers, lakes, canals and reservoirs are much colder than you think
•Open water can carry water borne diseases, like Weils disease
•Cold water dramatically affects your ability to swim
•There may be hidden currents, which can pull you under the water
•You don’t know what lies beneath, like pieces of rubbish or reeds which can trap or injure you