Woman hurt after falling in well in Walberswick

A major rescue operation was launched yesterday to free a woman trapped for nearly an hour after she fell 35ft down a well in a Suffolk village.

The 63-year-old woman, who has not been named, fell through a concrete cover on top of the disused well in The Street, Walberswick, near Southwold, at about 3.35pm.

A tripod and a winch was set up above the top of the well to raise the woman to the surface.

She was taken to James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston believed to be suffering with a broken arm and fractured spine.

Fire crews from Bungay, Felixstowe and Southwold were sent out, along with a specialist unit from Lowestoft and an Urban Search and Rescue team from Norfolk.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said an incident officer, rapid response unit and ambulance were sent to Walberswick along with a Hazardous Area Response Team in case the area around the well was unstable.

The woman was rescued by about 4.20pm.

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