Couple rescued from River Avon in Bath

Beehive Yard, Walcot Street in Bath
Image caption Beehive Yard is located behind Walcot Street in Bath

A young couple found clinging on to a ledge after slipping down a bank of the River Avon in Bath have been rescued.

The man and woman, thought to be aged about 20, had slipped 20ft (6m) down the steep bank at Beehive Yard, behind Walcot Street, fire crews said.

People living nearby rang 999 after hearing their distress calls.

They were pulled to safety by firefighters using ropes and a ladder just after midnight. The man suffered injuries to his leg.

A support boat from Bathampton, about two miles (3km) east of Bath, was also launched.

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said it was an "involved and technical rescue".

"If it hadn't been such an overgrown part of the bank, we believe they might have gone straight into the river," he added.

"The fact that it was overgrown meant they got caught up in some of the undergrowth, and it did prevent them from falling straight into the river."

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