Police officer praised for helping to rescue woman from Wisbech river

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Firefighters have praised an off-duty police officer for helping to rescue a woman who was in the River Nene at Wisbech.

The woman was spotted in the river close to Old Market on Friday just after 12.20pm.

The Wisbech Station Commander has praised the off-duty police officer for throwing a life ring to the woman.

He said: “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 woman was checked over by ambulance crews.

The woman, who is in her sixties, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn for further treatment.