Rescue from Depth, Waterloo Road, Liverpool


Location: Waterloo Road, Liverpool

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are currently in attendance at an incident on Waterloo Road, Liverpool.

Crews were alerted at 08.44 and on scene at 08.49, with two fire engines and the search and rescue team attending.

This is a confirmed rescue from depth, one casualty conscious and breathing. North West Ambulance Service are in attendance.

Fire service personnel are developing a tactical plan alongside the search and rescue team to gain access to and retrieve the casualty.

Merseyside Tunnel Police are also in attendance.

A multi-agency meeting has taken place and a full closure of the Wallasey Tunnel in both directions has been confirmed by Merseyside Tunnel Police. This is to enable a coordinated rescue by Fire Service personnel to retrieve the casualty and convey them into the care of NWAS.

The casualty has been rescued from inside the ventilation system and is in the care of NWAS. Fire Service personnel are making up equipment and withdrawing from the tunnel. The casualty has now been conveyed to hospital.

Crews left the scene at 11.05.

Group Manager Ged Knock said of the incident:

“This was a challenging and complex incident involving a worker who had fallen 25 feet within a shaft 20 floors below street level. MFRS crews worked in conjunction with North West Ambulance Service, Merseyside Police and Mersey Tunnels Police to effect a rescue and retrieve the worker through access within the floor of the Wallasey Tunnel so they could receive medical treatment.

“We understand the disruptive effect of the necessary closure of the tunnel to the local community and thank them for their patience.“