Woman rescued from Wear

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LIFEBOAT volunteers were called out to rescue women who plunged from a Wearside bridge.

Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station was called out after the woman, believed to be in her 30s and from the city, fell 85 feet from the Queen Alexandra Bridge into the River Wear.

At about 5.30pm yesterday, Northumbria Police received reports of a “distressed female” standing on the wrong side of safety railings.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “On arrival, the volunteers discovered the women attempting to swim to the shore at Pallion Engineering works.

“The female was quickly recovered from the water and put onto the inshore lifeboat, where she was given emergency casualty care by two RNLI volunteers while being transferred to North Dock Marina.

“After receiving further treated at the marina from RNLI volunteers and paramedics, she was then transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital with a suspected pelvic injury.

“After being directed towards the women by a police officer, we recovered her from the water before carrying out a full assessment of her condition.

“After making the initial assessment, we were able to stabilise her condition during the transfer back to the marina before handing her over to paramedics.

“Everyone at the station wishes her well and hopes she makes a full recovery.”