Woman in wheelchair falls into River Lee in Essex

An 80-year-old woman was rescued from the River Lee in Essex after her wheelchair rolled into the water.

The woman became completely submerged after the brakes on her wheelchair failed at The Crooked Mile, in Waltham Abbey, at about 15:45 GMT.

The woman was rescued by her husband and a passer by.

All three were taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow suffering the effects of hypothermia.

Sub Officer David Horton, of Essex Fire and Rescue Service, said the woman's husband, who is in his 70s, had jumped into the water and righted the chair so she could breathe.

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