Woman rescued from River Lune

A woman has been rescued by two passers-by from a Lancashire river after trying to save her toddler from falling into the water.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said she slipped at St George's Quay, Lancaster, into the River Lune which was at high tide at 11:00 GMT.

The LFRS said she tried to swim "but couldn't fight the river flow".

She was pulled to safety by the passers-by. Her daughter did not fall into the river and was unharmed.

LFRS Lancaster watch manager John Timperley said the woman saw the girl move towards the railings at the side of the river and as she moved forward to save her she fell in.

He praised the "quick thinking" and "calmness" of Cheryl Shepherd and James Williams, who were nearby and saved the woman from the water.

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