Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pensioner Saved from River Tyne; Woman, 61, Treated for Hypothermia

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pensioner Saved from River Tyne; Woman, 61, Treated for Hypothermia

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Byline: By LAURA CAROE

A PENSIONER is in hospital with hypothermia after a dramatic river rescue.

The 61-year-old was walking along with her two daughters when she accidentally fell into the Tyne, near the Redheugh Bridge, on the Gateshead side.

Northumbria Police and Tyne & Wear Fire Service swung into action after one of her daughters called 999 for help.

Shivering and shaking, police found the woman was clinging for life on to an old pier support. She was thrown a life buoy before the fireboat arrived to pluck her to safety.

A crew from Colby Court attended the scene and secured the woman while they waited for the fire launch boat to arrive.

It is believed the woman had been in the river for around 20 minutes.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At about 12.30pm yesterday police received reports that a woman aged 61 had fallen in to the River Tyne near the Redheugh Bridge.

"She was thrown a life buoy after clinging to what was thought to be a old pier support. …

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