Passers-by rescue dog walker from river in Norwich

The area near to where the woman entered the river.

The area near to where the woman entered the river. - Credit:

Police have thanked a group of people after a woman was rescued from the Wensum River near the centre of Norwich this evening.

According to Norfolk Police - the woman, believed to be in her 30s, was walking her dog along the river at St Helens Wharf, when the dog fell into the water.

PC Dan Taylor, who attended the incident, said the woman had entered the river to rescue the dog, but found herself unable to climb back up to the walkway.

Thankfully for the woman a group of five to six males came to her aid, while another member of the public alerted emergency services.

The males used a lifebuoy which was available close by and were able to lift the woman and her dog to safety as officers from the police and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service arrived on the scene.

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The fire service sent appliances from Sprowston and Earlham fire stations, as well as the water rescue team from Carrow Fire Station.

Staff from East of England Ambulance Service Trust were stood down after the woman's condition was checked by officers from the fire service.

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PC Taylor said the woman did not suffer any injuries.

The incident occurred at around 4.55pm.

PC Taylor said: 'We would urge people not to enter the river because there could be all sorts of objects which can't be seen beneath the water.

'There can be trolleys or bicycles, or other dangerous objects.

'The story also shows the importance of having life-saving equipment available and untampered with in public spots.'

He thanked the group of males who had helped the woman up from the water.

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