A HERO dad came to the rescue of a man who fell into a freezing cold Droitwich canal as he and others worked together after they were alerted by a woman's screams.

Ethan Lyons lowered himself down into the water to help the man, supported by other witnesses, after he fell in the canal at Vines Park in Droitwich on Sunday evening.

He said a number of people were involved in helping him as people worked together as a team to get him out of the water.

The 22-year-old heard a woman screaming and threw in the life ring before wading into the water, managing to wedge the man's arm and head through the ring before he and another man dragged him to the canal side.

Mr Lyons, a supervisor at a plastic moulding factory, said: "I was the first person to get in the water and drag him out and start CPR.

"But I don't want to take the credit. I want everyone to be recognised.

"If the woman wasn't there I would not have known he was in the water.

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"People are telling me I should be happy I saved someone's life but I don't feel like I should be happy. I feel like I need to see him and just know he's okay just to put my mind at rest."

After the man was put in the recovery position Mr Lyons ran to Droitwich Fire Station and pressed the buzzer but said it was busy.

By the time he got back to the canal, the emergency services were already there. 

Now he believes the canal should have railings to stop people falling in future and suggested Salt Fest organisers make it a future fundraising mission. 

His older brother, Charlie Lyons, contacted the Worcester News and said his brother should be praised for his courage.

Mr Lyons said: "To put yourself in the situation to save someone while risking your own life is absolutely amazing and I think he should be recognised for this. He's only just had a baby as well so it shows his selflessness and quick-thinking."

A spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 6.10pm to reports of a person in the water nearby to Vines Park.

"One ambulance, a paramedic officer and a Critical Care Car from Midland Air Ambulance attended the scene.

"Upon arrival we found a man being cared for by bystanders at the scene. Ambulance staff assessed the man who was in a serious condition. He received treatment at the scene and was conveyed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.”

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “One Droitwich Fire Station crew attended the canal in Vines Park with supporting appliances not required.

“One male casualty had been rescued from the canal by a passer-by prior to our arrival."