Coastguard officers rescue woman from freezing river in Lowestoft

Coastguard.

Coastguard. - Credit: Archant

A coastguard officer plunged into a freezing river in Lowestoft to rescue a woman in the early hours of the New Year.

Suffolk Police asked the Coastguard and the RNLI to help them at 2.20am, after reporting that the woman, in her 40s, was threatening to jump into the river.

Andrew Sutherland, station officer for Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard, said police had located the woman in the inner harbour area close to Waveney District Council's Riverside office, but she then jumped into the water.

He said one of his officers jumped in after her, and the pair were in the water for about five minutes, until the RNLI lifeboat Patsy Knight, which was launched at 2.34am, pulled up beside them.

The volunteer lifeboat crew under coxswain John Fox took the woman back to the lifeboat station, wrapped her in blankets and gave her a change of clothes before paramedics arrived.