A 16-year-old girl has been rescued from the Dudley No 2 canal in Netherton.
Police were able to pull her out of the water and to safety after being called to the towpath by Vale Road at 3am yesterday.
The teenager was treated by paramedics and was taken to Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital as a precaution.
Firefighter Steve Porter said when crews from Cradley Heath arrived the girl was already on the bank of the canal. He said: “We don’t know how she came to be in the canal. It was pitch black and very cold.”
Carpenter John Taylor, aged 29, who lives in nearby Thistlegreen Road, said: “It’s horrible to think what could happened if she hadn’t been found.”