Woman rescued from river

Crews Hole Road, St George, Bristol

A woman in her 40s has been rescued from a freezing river by firefighters.

Crews were called after reports that a woman was seen on the riverbank somewhere between Netham and Conham Vale.

Working alongside police, crews searched bushes along the riverbank using the thermal imaging camera, while firefighters in the boat from Bedminster Fire Station carried out a thorough search of the water and overhanging foliage.

After a short time the woman was found hanging on to a tree stump. She was conscious and breathing, but very cold. It is not known how long she had been in the water.

Firefighters assisted the woman onto the boat and she was taken to the riverbank where crews gave her oxygen therapy and treatment for potential hyperthermia.

She was then taken to hospital by ambulance.