A muddled student jumped into a river while trying to locate his university halls, sparking a huge rescue operation.

The 20-year-old man, who police say was a student, was seen on a wall next to the River Medlock, on Pritchard Street, at about 1.30am on Thursday morning.

He was heard shouting he wanted to get into his university halls.

GMP say that a security officer from a nearby car park tried to coax the man down – but the student swore and then jumped 20ft into the river, where the security officer lost sight of him.

He continued to shout abuse from the water while the security officer attempted to help him.

Police were called to the scene, along with the fire brigade and ambulance.

Emergency services were unable to find the student and the police helicopter was requested.

However, just before it arrived the man was found by a fire bridge and police divers who were searching the river.

They entered the river by lowering a ladder into and climbed down into the water.

The student was found at 1.50am covered in mud, but not suffering from any injuries.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said he appeared to be “confused and disorientated”.

The man was checked over by the ambulance service, before being returned to his student hall accommodation which was not near the scene but in Fallowfield.

He was described by police as 20-years-old, white, wearing a parker coat, of thin build, with a beard and light brown hair.

Sgt Jon Kenna told the M.E.N: “I think most would agree that this was an extremely stupid and dangerous stunt.

“Not only did he put himself in danger, he put the emergency services in unnecessary danger, having to go into the canal to locate and recover the male.

“Fortunately, no one was injured and the male was returned home safely, left in the care of his housemates.”

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