York & North Yorkshire

Cyclist braved York river to save baby girl

Police in North Yorkshire are trying to trace a cyclist who rescued a four-month-old girl after her pram rolled into a Yorkshire river.

The baby's mother was fastening the coat of her other child when the pram rolled into the River Ouse close to Lendal Bridge in York.

A male cyclist who was passing by jumped into the river and pulled the infant to safety before riding off.

Police have praised the quick-thinking actions of the cyclist.

Police Sgt Fiona Willey, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "I am urging the man to come forward as the baby's mum would like to thank him personally for his bravery.

"I have no doubt that he prevented a tragic outcome to this incident," she added.

In a statement given to the BBC, the baby's family said they were "eternally grateful" to the man who had rescued their daughter.

They added: "We are still in shock but feeling very lucky to have our beautiful daughter safe."

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