Hero Stops Woman Falling Into River Ouse in York
6:15pm 5th April 2013
Police were called at around 5.12pm on Friday 5 April 2013 when a member of the public reported a woman climbing up the river side of Clifton Bridge which spans the River Ouse at Water End in York.
A passing member of the public climbed over the bridge and held onto the woman to prevent her from falling into the river prior to the police’s arrival.
Police arrived at the scene and helped both the man and the woman back to safety.
A number of other people also stopped to help at the scene.
Officers have praised the actions of the man who helped rescue the woman and prevented her from falling. Chief Inspector Mike Walker of the Force Control Room, said: “The actions of the quick-thinking member of the public undoubtedly saved the woman from harm. He put himself in danger while he physically restrained the woman on a precarious ledge.
“If it were not for his extremely brave and selfless act, the consequences could have been tragic.
“The quick response from police officers who attended the scene also ensured that both the woman and the man were brought to safety as quickly as possible.”
The ambulance service and fire and rescue service were also called to the incident, but were thankfully not needed.
The woman was taken into police custody under the mental health act.
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