Photos: Major rescue operation for homeless woman

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A major rescue operation took place in Pendle after a woman was spotted lying in the countryside under a bridge by a river which runs under the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

It was a homeless woman who had been living there for up to five day and was suffering from hypothermia, where the core temperature drops below the usual level and puts people at risk.

Emergency services raise the victim up to the canal towpath. Photo: Peter Dewhurst
Emergency services raise the victim up to the canal towpath. Photo: Peter Dewhurst

It happened on Saturday afternoon when people passing by spotted the lady under the bridge at the far end of the Swinden Playing Fields, close to the boundaries of Nelson, Colne and Barrowford. The canal crosses Colne Water via a bridge and it was under there that the woman was spotted. She has not been named.

 

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