EMERGENCY services were called after reports an ‘intoxicated’ man jumped into the canal.

Crews were called to Bolton Road, Blackburn, at around 1.30pm yesterday after a call saying that the man, named locally as Dez, had gone into the water near the Raj restaurant.

A boat crew from Preston and water rescue specialists from Nelson were drafted in.

After around an hour of searching, police found the man safe and well at home.

Firefighters Lee Cook said: “A guy reported his friend, who he had been drinking with all morning, opted to go in the canal."