Stranded woman rescued from River Irwell embankment

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River Irwell in RawtenstallImage source, Geograph/Robert Wade
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The woman had become trapped on the riverbank in Rawenstall

A woman has been rescued by firefighters after becoming stranded on a river embankment in Lancashire.

Emergency services were called to Bocholt Way in Rawtenstall after the woman became trapped on the banks of the River Irwell, at about 6:45 GMT.

She was lifted to safety from the road above the river with the help of a ladder and a cage.

The woman was then taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. It was not clear how she came to be trapped.