A Leigh firefighter has helped with the rescue of a woman from the rubble of a fallen building following the devastating earthquake in Turkey.

Steven Pennington, a firefighter from Leigh was part of the team from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service that went out to Turkey to and Syria to find victims still trapped underneath collapsed buildings.

A video was posted by the Foreign, Common and Development Office shows Firefighter Penningto helping with the rescue.

He joined the UK International Search and Rescue Team working in the region.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Steven Pennington, firefighter at Leigh, can be seen on the left hand side of this video as they carry out this rescue.


“We've 4 officers at the #TurkeySyriaEarthquake with the 77 strong @UK_ISAR_TEAM. They're doing amazing, life-saving work and we're incredibly proud of all of them.”

The woman was carried out from the ruins of a building in Hatay, Turkey, one of the worst affected areas of the earthquake.

A spokesman for the FCDO said: “The dramatic rescue of a woman stuck in a collapsed building in Hatay, Turkey.

“Listen to the relief in her voice after being trapped for nearly a week. The UK government funded @UK_ISAR_TEAM spent 17 hours tunnelling through wreckage, tracing her voice.”

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Also in Turkey alongside Steven, are Ramsbottom and Heywood fire stations manager Martin Foran, watch manager Mike Hurst, of Leigh Fire Station and firefighter Dave Hedgecock of Ashton Fire Station.

Over the weekend, another video was shared to Twitter with Steven also shown to be aiding efforts in a rescue.

Steven is working as a heavy lift specialist within the crew.

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A GMFRS spokesperson said last week: “Earlier this week four of our firefighters headed out to Turkey as part of the UK International Search and Rescue Team.

“They are bringing their specialist skills to the search and rescue efforts taking place after the devastating earthquake.

“They've sent us an update on what they've been doing in the city of Hatay.”

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria last week and has since killed 35,000 people.