Dramatic rescue for doorman

Hero doorman Peter Clarke jumped in to the canal  to save the life of an elderly woman in Sowerby Bridge.
Hero doorman Peter Clarke jumped in to the canal to save the life of an elderly woman in Sowerby Bridge.
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Doorman Peter Clarke didn’t give it a second thought when he jumped into the canal in Sowerby Bridge to save an elderly woman.

Peter who lives in Leeds had been working on the door at The Moorings when he was alerted to an incident further up the canal where a woman who had been walking her dog.

He believes that the woman who is thought to live locally had lost her balance and fallen into the canal.

“A guy came over to us and said a lady had fallen into the canal. I ran round to get a rope and to the side of the canal,” he said. “I realised the rope wasn’t going to work because it would probably hurt her and I ended up jumping in.”

Peter said there was also a cyclist who had jumped in to help and between them they managed to get her to the side.

“I hooked her up and put her over my shoulder and placed her on the side,” he said.

“I just thought to myself I needed to get her out of the water because I think she had been in there about 20 minutes.”

Peter, who used to be a body builder, runs the security for a number of pubs in Sowerby Bridge and normally wouldn’t work on the door but because it was the bank holiday weekend he was short-staffed.

He said since the incident on Sunday he has been trying to find out how the woman, who he believes is called Winnie, is.

“I tried to call the hospital afterwards to check that she was okay but because I’m not family and I didn’t know her surname or any of her details they wouldn’t tell me,” he said.

Peter said he was told at the scene by paramedics that they suspected she had hypothermia.

“I just want to make sure she is okay so if someone could get in touch and let me know I would really appreciate it. I have tried asking around a few people that I know in Sowerby Bridge but no one appears to know anything,” he said.

“If it had been my grandma I would hope that someone would have done the same .”