York river rescue saves woman from drowning

The York Rescue Boat brings the woman to safety. Photograph: Special Constable Chris Hartley on Twitter
30 Jul 2017 @ 10.25 am
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A woman was saved from drowning in a midnight river rescue.

The woman entered the River Ouse around midnight on Saturday (July 29). The York Rescue Boat crew was able to get to her and pull her on board, before taking her to the shore.

Among the emergency services team involved was Special Constable Chris Hartley. He tweeted: “Severity of lady in water was numbing. Without York Rescue Boat I have no doubt she could have drowned.”

The voluntary team wrote on Facebook:

This evening we rescued a casualty from the River Ouse.

They are now in the hands of Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Great support from North Yorkshire Police in guiding us straight into the casualties location.

They also thanked the City of York Council CCTV operators for “watching our back and sometimes pointing us in the right direction”.

The crew said the temperature of the river at the time was 15C and it had a fast flow rate.

It has been a busy weekend for the York Rescue Boat team.

On Saturday they reported seven incidents in quick succession, “including a search for a missing from home, a very drunk female staggering very close the river and a depressed male sat at the side of the river, which required police assistance.

“The night finished with all the team and members of the public being safe.”