Woman rescued from Lancashire riverbank

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A woman was rescued by fire crews after becoming trapped on the edge of a river.

Paramedics and firefighters were called to the River Darwen beneath the A6 London Way, near to the Capitol Centre at Walton-le-Dale, at about 8pm on Sunday.

Three fire engines, from Preston, Bamber Bridge and Penwortham, were at the scene after the woman fell down a steep concrete embankment.

Watch manager Mark Noblet said: “The lady, whether she was taking a shortcut under the bridge, somehow had slipped and ended up going down the steep concrete bank under the bridge.

“She had rolled down to the edge of the water, it’s about 20 to 30 feet down a 45 degree slope.”

He said the woman had pain in her hip and back, and was thought to have been by the side of the river for about an hour before she was found.

Fire crews used a rope and long board to rescue the woman, who was taken to hospital.