Elderly woman trapped in mud with broken ankle is rescued by firefighters in boat

The Little Ouse at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Little Ouse at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

An elderly walker had to be rescued by firefighters in a boat after she slipped by a forest river and broke her ankle, becoming trapped in the mud.

The Little Ouse at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Little Ouse at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

The woman was stuck for some time as paramedics tried to reach the woman in Thetford Forest but had to abandon their efforts, as they feared they would also become trapped.

Firefighters were called to the incident in Santon Downham, close to the River Ouse at 12.17pm on Wednesday, March 14.

In total eight vehicles attended, with Thetford fire station leading on the rescue and crews from Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge, Brandon and Ipswich attending.

An officer for the Forestry Commission, which runs Thetford Forest, was also present.

The Little Ouse river path at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Little Ouse river path at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant


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A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said: 'A woman slipped in the mud and dislocated her leg.

'The ambulance service were trying to assess her but realised they were getting themselves at risk and were concerned they were getting stuck.'

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She was eventually rescued by firefighters in a boat.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: 'An ambulance crew, rapid response vehicle and Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended this to a report of a woman who had fallen in the forest in Santon Downham.

The Little Ouse river path at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Little Ouse river path at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

'HART team and fire service attended as a result of access issues.

'They treated a woman with an ankle injury who was taken to West Suffolk Hospital for further care.'

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