THE three emergency services took part in a dramatic rescue operation after a man was discovered in a river.

Police were called to the incident in Sloway Lane, West Huntspill, at around 10pm yesterday (Monday).

Officers then called in firefighters, who were sent with two fire engines from Burnham-on-Sea, a specialist rescue team from Bridgwater and two duty officers.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "On arrival the police had rescued the male from the water and he was located on the riverbank.

"Crews promptly got to work assisting the police with the recovery of the male from the riverbank using water safety equipment and a stretcher.

"The crews continued to search the riverbank with thermal imaging camera to ensure no other persons were involved.

"Duty of care was handed to the ambulance service who were promptly on scene."