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Coastguard forced into making harbour rescue after woman falls into water

PUBLISHED: 10:15 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 09 January 2018

The coastguard team was called to assist with the resuce of woman in Lowestoft Harbour. Picture: Courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold

The coastguard team was called to assist with the resuce of woman in Lowestoft Harbour. Picture: Courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold

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Emergency services were pressed into action to rescue a woman in Lowestoft Harbour.

A coastguard rescue officer donned a water rescue suit before entering the water to secure the woman and keep her afloat. Picture: Courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and SouthwoldA coastguard rescue officer donned a water rescue suit before entering the water to secure the woman and keep her afloat. Picture: Courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold

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.

Following the rescue, the woman was transported back to the lifeboat station and taken via ambulance to hospital. Picture: Courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and SouthwoldFollowing the rescue, the woman was transported back to the lifeboat station and taken via ambulance to hospital. Picture: Courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold

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.

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