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Pregnant woman rescued from River Derwent in Derby

  • 6-10-2012

A heavily pregnant woman is fortunate to be alive after she fell into a river in Derby, a firefighter has said.

She is thought to have slipped down an embankment of the River Derwent off Prospect Place, near the Pride Park football stadium.

Firefighters rescued her after a member of the public alerted emergency services at about 18:30 BST.

The woman, estimated to be about seven months pregnant, was given first aid at the scene and taken to hospital.

Station manager Trevor Sherwin, from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "She was extremely fortunate because the part of the river where she had fallen into was not particularly fast flowing because it was protected by some trees.

"Only a couple of metres beyond that the river is really swollen. All the rivers are particularly swollen at the moment and really fast flowing.

"If she had got into that part of the water she really would have struggled to survive.

"I think some passers-by rang it in, which is very fortunate as it wasn't particularly busy at that time of day."

Mr Sherwin said the woman, thought to be in her mid-30s, was taken to hospital as a precaution.

He warned people to be particularly careful around rivers, as many are swollen due to heavy rainfall.

He said dog owners should avoid going near swollen rivers.

"If they let their dogs off and the dogs go in the owners try to rescue them," he said.

"Often the dog gets out on their own but the people that go in don't survive."

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