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Horror as bystanders find woman ‘clinging on for life in freezing marina water’

A woman clinging on for her life has been saved from drowning by hero bystanders and crewmen after she ended up in the water at Hull Marina.

The terrifying ordeal began at around 7.30pm on Saturday when members of the public called emergency services for help.

A Coastguard rescue helicopter launched a search immediately as well as police and rescue teams who eventually managed to save the woman from danger.

But it was the quick actions of nearby residents and witnesses who helped to ensure she was not swept away by the current before emergency services arrived.

By 8pm, a crewman was reportedly winched down from the helicopter to pluck the stranded woman from the water.

The woman was taken to an ambulance where her condition remains unknown.

Describing the dramatic scene, a bystander said: “There are lots of blue lights from police, ambulances and paramedics.

“I’m not sure if somebody was found but the rescue guy did come down a rope and into the water, then the helicopter flew away.”

Another witness praised the bravery of one bystander who put his own life in danger in order to hand the woman a life float.

She said: ““There was a woman, I think in her 30s, ended up in the water around 7.30pm. I was just on the phone a few feet away from her.

“A man nearby started removing the lifeguard float from its place. I was with two of my flatmates and they all ran to help him throw it in order to get her out of the water.

“There were two police officers trying to see where she was, shouting for her.

“The man went down a ladder to rescue the woman while the police officer, me and my flatmates we were holding tight to the rope.

“It was within a couple of minutes that more police arrived. But it was until 7:46pm that the boat and helicopter arrived.”

“The first couple of minutes were crucial as the water current could easily have taken her away but the member of the public was very quick and didn’t think twice on putting his own life in danger in order to help her.”

Humber Rescue confirmed on Facebook that they managed to pull the woman from the water.

The post said: “Paged to reports of a person in the water in the vicinity of Hull Marina. On arrival we successfully recovered the person from the water and handed them over to awaiting paramedics.”

Humberside Police tweeted on Saturday night to praise the team effort in rescuing the woman.

The tweet said: “Fantastic team effort and partnership working from our team patrol down at the Marina this evening with officers going over and beyond to offer the assistance until Humberside and Rescue Service and the coastguard arrived.”