Stand-off as man leaps into historic Gosport fort’s moat

Emergency Services removed a man from the Fort Brockhurst moat in Gosport. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142641-2)
Emergency Services removed a man from the Fort Brockhurst moat in Gosport. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142641-2)
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NEGOTIATORS tried to coax a man out of a historic fort’s moat after he jumped in and threatened to hurt himself.

The 31-year-old leapt into the water at Fort Brockhurst in Gosport after jumping from one of the bridges yesterday.

Witnesses saw him shouting when two members of the emergency services pulled him from the murky water at around 11.50am at the end of the two-hour stand-off.

Ambulance crews then took the man to Queen Alexandra hospital in Cosham.

Pam Braddock, curator at the 19th century fort, said: ‘He was out. They had him at the end of the bridge.

‘He was kind of raving and rambling outside before they put him in an ambulance.’

The man was on the pedestrian bridge before he jumped.

Inspector Russ Kavulok, of Hampshire police, was in charge at the scene.

He said: ‘We were dealing with a 31-year-old man who had got into some difficulty in the water and we assisted him to get out.

‘Our main priority was the safety of this chap.’

Two police officers dressed in protective clothing went into the moat and got the man out at 11.50am.

The moat contains the potentially deadly Weil’s disease, Ms Braddock added.

Officers were hosed off by firefighters as a precaution.

Four officers were directing traffic at the scene, with three other officers present.

Access to the fort and The Range shop was shut from School Road and Gunners Way.

Road closures were in place while the police dealt with the incident.

Paramedics and firefighters attended.