A woman was taken to hospital after being rescued from the River Ribble by a quick-thinking member of the public.
It is understood the woman had been walking in a shallow part of the river at the back of the Tickled Trout Hotel in Preston when she slipped and banged her head.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and when they arrived a man had brought the woman to safety.
Firefighters today said the woman was “lucky to be alive.”
Four fire crews from Preston, Penwortham and Bamber Bridge attended alongside the ambulance service.
It is thought the woman, who is 36, may have been under the water for two or three minutes.
She was unresponsive when first pulled to the side but came to and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital by ambulance.
Fire crews assisted paramedics in getting the woman from the river bank to the ambulance.
It happened at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
Penwortham crew manager Peter Blamire said: “People need to be aware of the risks and not enter the water.”
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