Woman rescued from the River Wensum in Norwich was not breathing

Fire fighters at the scene of the incident on Riverside Road, Norwich. Picture: MARC BETTS.

Fire fighters at the scene of the incident on Riverside Road, Norwich. Picture: MARC BETTS. - Credit: Archant

The young woman rescued by a member of the public from the River Wensum was not breathing when she was pulled out of the water.

Fire fighters at the scene of the incident on Riverside Road, Norwich. Picture: MARC BETTS.

Fire fighters at the scene of the incident on Riverside Road, Norwich. Picture: MARC BETTS. - Credit: Archant

An ambulance spokesman confirmed that the women had to be resuscitated at the scene before being taken to hospital in a life life-threatening condition.

The spokesman said: 'A woman had fallen into the river and had been pulled out unconscious.

'They treated the woman who was not breathing. She was resuscitated at the scene and was taken by ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further care.

'Two ambulance crews, a rapid response vehicle, ambulance officer, East Anglian Air Ambulance and fire service co-responders were dispatched.'

Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Riverside Road, Norwich. Picture: MARC BETTS.

Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Riverside Road, Norwich. Picture: MARC BETTS. - Credit: Archant


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Witnesses have described seeing a man jump in to pull the woman out after she was seen walking up and down the embankment before falling in.

MORE: Man rescues woman after she fell in the River Wensum in NorwichA witness described the moment he saw police attempting to resuscitate the woman, who had fallen in the river on Riverside Road, close to the railway station.

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The witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was walking past when he saw two officers performing mouth to mouth and CPR.

He said: 'I was walking past and there were two policemen working on her, giving mouth to mouth and performing compressions on a young lady.

'People were saying that she had fallen in the water between the two longboats, and the big guy with a beard jumped in after her.

'I really hope that she is okay.'

One man said: 'My friend called me out after saying he saw a women running up and down the embankment.

'Next thing there was all this commotion and the emergency services turned up.'

The incident happened yesterday evening at 10pm. (Monday, September 4.)

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