Off duty officer rescued woman from River Nene in Wisbech

Emergency services incident, news form the Peterborough Telegraph, www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk @peterboroughtel on Twitter
Emergency services incident, news form the Peterborough Telegraph, www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk @peterboroughtel on Twitter

A woman was rescued by an off duty police officer after falling into the River Nene in Wisbech.

The woman entered the river at about 12.30pm, and was spotted by the officer.

His actions most certainly will have contributed to the successful rescue of the woman

Station Commander Gavin Hammond

Station Commander Gavin Hammond, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, who helped with the rescue, said: “An off-duty police officer had seen the woman in the river and had thrown her a life ring. His actions most certainly will have contributed to the successful rescue of the woman, who we think was in the water for about 40 minutes. The water is very cold and so she was very lucky.

“A specially in-water trained firefighter, who was tethered, swam to rescue the woman and brought her nearer to the river’s edge, where the rest of the crew could safely rescue her.”

A spokesman for The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said they received a call at 12.24pm today to a report of a person in the water off Old Market, Wisbech.

An ambulance crew and an ambulance officer attended to treat a woman in her 60s.

She was conscious and breathing and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn for further care.