Lancashire

Stranded woman rescued from River Irwell embankment

River Irwell in Rawtenstall Image copyright Geograph/Robert Wade
Image caption 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.