Girl rescued from river

Gorleston lifeboat rescued a nine-year-old girl from the River Yare, in Yarmouth, at about 9pm yesterday after being alerted by police.It is thought the youngster had been playing with a friend on the river wall at South Quay and had been accidentally pushed in.

Gorleston lifeboat rescued a nine-year-old girl from the River Yare, in Yarmouth, at about 9pm yesterday after being alerted by police.

It is thought the youngster had been playing with a friend on the river wall at South Quay and had been accidentally pushed in.

The girl clung to a lifebelt thrown by an onlooker for several minutes before the inshore lifeboat was able to rescue her.

Helmsman Kevin Bennington said the youngster was extremely lucky as there had been a strong ebb tide and the water was very cold.

The girl, who lives locally, was taken by ambulance from the lifeboat shed to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, where she was treated for cold but later released.