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.
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.
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”.