ELDERLY WOMAN FALLS INTO THE RIVER MEDINA AFTER MEDICAL EPISODE

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A woman fell into the River Medina earlier this afternoon (Wednesday) after suffering a medical episode.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at Newport Quay at around 12:30.

Concerned onlookers raised the alarm after the female entered the water and started drifting up the river with the tide.

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One eye witness has told Island Echo:

“The water caused her to drift towards the sea. She was thrown a lifebuoy but she was too far away to use it.

“As she drifted, she was guided on the opposite side towards a quayside ladder where she gradually climbed out.

HM Coastguard was alerted to the incident with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ventnor and The Needles mobilised, but both teams were stood down prior to arrival.

The woman was supported by Police before being transferred into the care of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

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A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

“We were called out to an incident at 12.25 today following reports of concern for welfare for an elderly woman who had fallen into the water in the Newport Quay area.

“Officers attended the scene, by which point the woman had been rescued by a member of the public, and the Coastguard stood down.

“She was safe and well but attended hospital as a precaution”.

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Sandy-lane
Sandy-lane
1 month ago

How frightening and unlucky to fall into the water. A dramatic and perhaps only way to get any medical treatment unless you have CV now.

Hope she is fully recovered soon.

John Lyness
John Lyness
1 month ago

Hope the lady is OK she must have been freezing, we where there. and thanks to the gentleman who was on the same side as the lady and was able to assist her out of danger, Thankfully the Police arrived in numbers an took over her welfare.Think some railing should be fitted on the quayside which would have prevented this sort of incident.A good news day. Although I have a couple of pictures, in the interest of discretion Iwill retain them

Louis Lane
Louis Lane
1 month ago

An unusual event so glad she got out, must have been freezing too.

Davimel
Davimel
1 month ago

I was walking past as she fell and watched as her rescuer ran from Riverside and round to the other side before helping her out of the water, with no thought to his own safety which just shows that we still have true heroes around today, and they don’t all wear uniforms. Thankfully she seemed ok but a bit damp to say the least and to give further credit to the lady, she hung onto her handbag throughout the whole ordeal, even clinging onto the ladder one handed to keep it safe!

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