Malpas fire crew save woman in dramatic River Usk rescue

Fire crew saves woman in dramatic River Usk rescue

Fire crew saves woman in dramatic River Usk rescue

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FIRE crews made a dramatic rescue of a woman from the River Usk last night.

The woman came close to drowning after being swept three quarters of a mile down the River Usk towards the sea.

She had fallen into the river close to the Millennium Bridge, Newport, at around 1.04am this morning, with rescue crews managing to get to her just before she was washed into the sea.

A crew from Malpas fire station's technical rescue station was sent after receiving a call from the police.

Station manager Shaun Moody said: "She had gone down under the water a couple of times, it was touch and go, but we were able to get to her at the last possible minute before she was washed out to sea."

A small inflatable boat had been launched into the river near George Street Bridge.

After being rescued, the woman was taken to Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia.

Did you see the incident? Email newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk or call 01633 777226.

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2:10pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Owain Vaughan says...

What is this 'Millennium Bridge'?
What is this 'Millennium Bridge'? Owain Vaughan
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2:42pm Mon 3 Sep 12

alritebutt says...

well done the specialist technical crew,rescuing someone in the river at that time of night,hope they get recognition for that..
well done the specialist technical crew,rescuing someone in the river at that time of night,hope they get recognition for that.. alritebutt
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4:28pm Mon 3 Sep 12

welshmen says...

These are our Hero's, not the people who run around our tracks and football pitches for medals & money, Soldiers Nurses Police and Firemen who look after us should get the Gongs...Well done again Malpas another life saved...
These are our Hero's, not the people who run around our tracks and football pitches for medals & money, Soldiers Nurses Police and Firemen who look after us should get the Gongs...Well done again Malpas another life saved... welshmen
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4:31pm Mon 3 Sep 12

LollyB73 says...

We witnessed the whole thing last night, just want to congratulate the fire crew, police and ambulance for all their hard work saving this young girl, they deserve the recognition - well done to all involved
We witnessed the whole thing last night, just want to congratulate the fire crew, police and ambulance for all their hard work saving this young girl, they deserve the recognition - well done to all involved LollyB73
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5:11pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Newport Jo says...

The Millenium Bridge is the new white foot bridge between the town bridge and George Street bridge.
I am reliably informed that a fire crew from Maindee fire station were also involved in this rescue.
The Millenium Bridge is the new white foot bridge between the town bridge and George Street bridge. I am reliably informed that a fire crew from Maindee fire station were also involved in this rescue. Newport Jo
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5:57pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Dave on his Soapbox says...

According to Wikipedia the official name is Newport City footbridge….. a name nearly as inspirational as the SDR City Bridge….both in the ancient Celtic region of Gwent…..the area that preceded Monmouthshire by several years.
According to Wikipedia the official name is Newport City footbridge….. a name nearly as inspirational as the SDR City Bridge….both in the ancient Celtic region of Gwent…..the area that preceded Monmouthshire by several years. Dave on his Soapbox
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8:36pm Mon 3 Sep 12

County says...

Bin men should get the gongs, they earn less than the emergency services and provide a vital service.
Bin men should get the gongs, they earn less than the emergency services and provide a vital service. County
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10:52am Tue 4 Sep 12

Gareth says...

County wrote:
Bin men should get the gongs, they earn less than the emergency services and provide a vital service.
Alas, once we start talking about gongs for people who think that their job is vital and deserving of more acclaim, then I'm afraid that almost every worker in the country will want one!
[quote][p][bold]County[/bold] wrote: Bin men should get the gongs, they earn less than the emergency services and provide a vital service.[/p][/quote]Alas, once we start talking about gongs for people who think that their job is vital and deserving of more acclaim, then I'm afraid that almost every worker in the country will want one! Gareth
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11:42am Wed 5 Sep 12

alialio says...

Is that picture an actual picture of the rescue? If so, it's day light, how long was she in the water for??
Is that picture an actual picture of the rescue? If so, it's day light, how long was she in the water for?? alialio
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6:19pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Newport Jo says...

No, it's not a photo of the actual rescue.
No, it's not a photo of the actual rescue. Newport Jo
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