Off Duty Cop Helps Save Woman In Nene

27 March 2015, 15:17 | Updated: 27 March 2015, 15:26

An off-duty policeman's helped save the life of a woman who'd fallen into the River Nene at Wisbech this afternoon.

A Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue crew from Wisbech were called to reports of a casualty in the River Nene, near Old Market, Wisbech this lunchtime and found a woman in the river.

Station Commander Gavin Hammond 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."

The rescue was completed by 12.40pm and the casualty was left in the care of the ambulance service.