Lifeboat called after woman broke leg on riverside path near Reedham

Reedham. Picture: James Bass

Reedham. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A lifeboat was called after a woman fell and broke her leg on a riverside footpath near Reedham.

The ambulance service received a call at 4.41pm today, with a paramedic sent to assist the woman aged in her 60s.

Back-up was requested from the coastguard at 4.49pm as the casualty was in a location that was difficult to access.

A coastguard team and Gorleston inshore lifeboat were sent.

The woman was in a remote location between Reedham Ferry and Cantley and had broken her leg.

Gorleston inshore lifeboat helped to locate the woman.

As the location was remote, muddy and icy under foot the lifeboat crew decided that the safest recovery would be via helicopter.

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The woman was winched to safety by coastguard helicopter, together with a paramedic, and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.