Man dies after collapsing on Stoke-on-Trent tow path

A man has died after collapsing on a busy Stoke-on-Trent canal tow path.

Police, paramedics, and the Midlands Air Ambulance, were called to the Caldon Canal near Birches Head shortly before midday yesterday (December 6).

Passers-by originally spotted the elderly man at the side of the canal and started CPR while on the phone to emergency services.

Paramedics then took over but have today confirmed nothing could be done to save the man.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 11.50 on Sunday morning to reports of an elderly man in cardiac arrest on the tow path at the side of the Caldon Canal in the Birches Head area of Stoke on Trent. 

“The man had been found by passers by.  It’s not known how long the man had been there. 

“The passersby started CPR under the instruction of staff in the emergency operations centre while two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene. 

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“Police officers who were also sent to the scene also assisted. 

“Sadly, despite all of the efforts, it wasn’t possible the save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

StokeonTrentLive has approached Staffordshire Police for a comment.

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