Woman rescued after falling into river

The RNLI Morecambe hovercraft.
The RNLI Morecambe hovercraft.

A woman was rescued from the River Lune by two passers-by who pulled her to safety.

Liverpool Coastguard received a number of 999 calls just after 11am on Saturday reporting that the woman had slipped and fallen into the water while she was trying to keep her young boy back from the edge.

Two passers-by started talking to her and instructed her to get to a place in the river where they could help her out.

She did and they pulled her to safety.

The Morecambe and Knott End Coastguard Rescue Teams were sent to the scene, along with the RNLI inshore lifeboat from Morecambe, fire, police and ambulance crews.

Paul Parkes, Watch Manager with Liverpool Coastguard, said: “This woman was very lucky that two passers-by were able to direct her to a safe point where they could pull her out of the river.

“We always urge people to take extra care when walking along the water’s edge, as you could lose your footing and fall in.

“Remember, if you see someone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue attended the scene but due to the quick thinking of the two passers-by no other attending agencies were involved in the rescue.