Shocking moment grandad is pushed into canal by stranger thug during terrifying attack | The SunMay 6, 2023
SHOCKING footage shows the moment a grandad is pushed into a canal in Chester in a horrific attack.
Wayne Cairns, 64, from Chester, says he is lucky to be alive after being pushed into the Shropshire Union Canal while he was out fishing.
The grandad-of-three was with his wife Ann, 68, when the terrifying incident happened close to Telfords Warehouse, a canalside bar in the city, at around 7pm on Wednesday, April 26.
Wayne, who suffers from angina and lung problems, said he was pushed into the canal by a man who had previously been swimming there.
Speaking to Cheshire Live, he said: "We were fishing by Telford's Warehouse when this lad jumped in and started swimming where we were fishing.
"I said 'Why don't you go to that side of the canal as we are fishing'."
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"After he got out of the water he came over to me, put his hands up and pushed me straight in.
"I could have lost my life. It was terrifying."
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His wife Ann tried to get him out but was unable to do so before some passersby came along to assist him to safety.
Police were called and Wayne sought medical treatment after ingesting canal water.
Wayne said: "I have trouble with my lungs and heart and for all he knew I might not have been able to swim.
"I wouldn't have been able to get out by myself if some blokes passing by hadn't been there.
"I was wearing a jumper which became really heavy in the water."
Wayne went on to say that since the incident the couple have been "put off from going fishing" and have had some trouble sleeping.
He added: "What if this happens again to someone else?"
A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: "At 7.40pm on Wednesday 26 April police were called to reports of an incident on banks of the Shropshire Union Canal near to Telford's Warehouse.
"The caller reported that a 64-year-old man had been involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown man and woman.
"During the incident the man pushed the victim into the canal.
"Officers attended the scene and spoke to the victim.
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"They also conducted a search of the area and reviewed CCTV footage, but were unable to locate the offenders.
"Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of their investigation officer are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, the same goes for anyone who recognises the man and woman in the video footage."
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