Lifeboat rescues ill pregnant woman stranded on river

A pregnant woman was rescued by an inland lifeboat from a remote river in Suffolk in the early hours of Sunday.

Coastguards received a call from East Anglian Ambulance Control that the woman on a holiday cruiser was ill.

The cruiser was moored near Beccles on the River Waveney, but the ambulance was unable to reach the woman.

The coastguard called for the South Broad RNLI craft that located the cruiser and towed it to Beccles Quay from where she was taken to hospital.

Bad weather

Watch manager Mario Siano said: "The weather was also very poor with near gale force winds and the vessel did not have any lighting."

The lifeboat picked up an ambulance paramedic en-route to attend to the 36-year-old patient, who was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital, but her present condition is not known.

Mr Siano said: "Due to the condition of the patient, we thought it prudent to leave her lying quietly in the cabin rather than attempting to transfer her by helicopter or lifeboat.

"The couple were holiday-makers from Devon and did not have the necessary experience to be able to drive the cruiser through such terrain and conditions at night.

"Therefore we got medical help to where the woman was and brought the boat to the ambulance."

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