Coastguard forced into making harbour rescue after woman falls into water
PUBLISHED: 10:15 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 09 January 2018
Emergency services were pressed into action to rescue a woman in Lowestoft Harbour.
Suffolk Police were called at around 6.40pm on Friday (January 5) evening following reports that an adult female was situated on the wrong side of the fence on the bridge in the harbour.
Due to concerns for her wellbeing and safety, HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold were subsequently paged by Humber Coastguard to assist police. The East of England Ambulance Service were also called as a precaution.
Soon after the coastguard team’s arrival at the scene, the woman was seen to fall into the water.
A coastguard rescue officer donned a water rescue suit before entering the water to secure the woman and kept her afloat whilst awaiting the arrival of the lifeboat - delayed due to waiting for the bridge to raise.
The woman was then transported back to the lifeboat station and taken via ambulance to hospital.
In the meantime, the rescue officer was retrieved from the water and the coastguard team were stood down.