South Scotland

Scottish Water workers praised for Powfoot rescue role

Iain Hall and Jim Ferguson
Image caption Iain Hall and Jim Ferguson helped the elderly woman out when they heard her cries for help

Two Scottish Water staff have been praised for answering a 92-year-old woman's cries for help after she fell and hit her head.

Iain Hall and Jim Ferguson were out checking for leaks in Powfoot in the south of Scotland.

They found the woman had fallen at the back of her house and went to her aid before an ambulance arrived.

The pair have now been put forward for Scottish Water's "Gem Award" in recognition of their actions.

They were walking along Ryehill Road in the village near Annan last month when the incident occurred.

Mr Ferguson said: "We heard this voice shout and we didn't quite catch it.

'Head injury'

"The second time the voice we heard was clearly shouting for help.

"After checking the area and looking around two or three houses, we discovered an elderly lady who had fallen over at the back of her house and had sustained a head injury."

Mr Hall said she appeared to be badly injured.

He added: "She was lying there and bleeding quite considerably.

"We quickly stabilized her and covered her with our jackets and got some items from the house to warm her up.

"We made sure she was in a safe position and as comfortable as possible while we waited for the ambulance."

Mr Ferguson said it was fortunate they had been in the area since it was a particularly cold day when the accident happened.

He added: "We don't want to think about what could have happened if we hadn't got to her."

The woman's daughter said her mother was "recovering well" and added that she was "deeply grateful" to the two rescuers.

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