Water Rescue Incident - Powick Mill, Worcester
One fire crew from Worcester attended along with water rescue boats from Evesham and West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR), plus a Water First Responder team from Upton, Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) Line Rescue Team and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) from the West Midlands.
Station Commander Toby Kempton from Worcester, said: “Our rescue crews were at the scene within five minutes of receiving the call, arriving to find that paramedics on scene had located a distressed woman in the water."
“The water rescue crews from Worcester, Upton and Evesham were immediately deployed to access and stabilise the casualty in the river. She was being held at that time by a local resident who spotted her and selflessly went in to the water to offer assistance before the arrival of the emergency services. HWFRS crews soon accessed and stabilised the casualty whilst handing the local resident who assisted the woman over to paramedic crews for symptoms of hypothermia."
Due to the steep river banks, it was necessary to transport the casualty down stream on a floating platform to relocate to a safer area, enabling HWFRS, WMSAR, HART and USAR to effectively rescue the woman from the river and pass her on to the awaiting paramedics.
Station Commander Kempton stated, "This was a particularly difficult rescue due to the access limitations of the embankment. A dynamic multi-agency approach was necessary to perform a timely and specialised rescue. Praise is definitely due not only to the attending crews, but more so to the resident who found the casualty and selflessly went to her rescue."