River Wye Water Rescue
The Service launched its 4.4m rescue boat from the rowing club and one female casualty was rescued from the water's edge by Fire Service water rescue specialists and transported back to the rowing club. Paramedics and Fire Service personnel gave medical treatment at the scene before the woman was conveyed to hospital via land ambulance.
Watch Commander Mark Cullum, Officer in charge and responsible for the crews mobilised from Hereford said: "This could have been a very different outcome had it not been for the quick and brave actions from three members of the public. The first person realised that someone was struggling in the water and quickly made efforts to maintain the casualty's head above water. Two other people saw the incident and from the other side of the river, rushed around to join the first and using a life buoy assisted him before the Emergency Services arrived."
Station Commander Butlin added: "Our thanks go to those who prevented the situation getting any worse prior to the deployment of our resources. The dangers involved in water related incidents should not be underestimated - especially now we are moving into the summer months."