Woman has lucky escape after car plunges into river

The incident happened late on Saturday afternoon in the Breamish Valley, upstream of Ingram.

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 2:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 2:30 pm
Emergency services were called to an incident near Ingram. Picture by Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

Fortunately, a passer-by was able to assist while North of Tyne and Northumberland National Park mountain rescue teams were covering an event nearby and were quickly at the scene.

The woman and passer-by, who got injured trying to help, were assessed and treated by mountain rescue volunteers. They were then handed over to the care of two double-crewed ambulances. Two hazardous area response teams also attended.

Emergency services treat a patient near Ingram.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service personnel went into the water to make the scene safe and ensure no-one else was involved.

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A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A female was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, along with a second patient who is believed to have been a passer-by who suffered a leg injury while trying to help.”

A Northumbria Police spokesman added: “At 4.23pm on Saturday, police received a report of an overturned vehicle which had travelled down an embankment and into a river near Ingram. A woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.”

Mountain rescue teams said it was a well co-ordinated multi-agency response.

In a joint release, they stated: ‘At 16:43 on Saturday 1 December, the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) requested support from the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team for a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) in the Breamish Valley, upstream of Ingram. A car had left the road entering the river, and a passerby who came to assist injured themselves.

‘The North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were providing rescue cover at an event in the area and their resources were quickly dispatched to the scene, with local members of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team not far behind. Mountain Rescue volunteers, including a doctor, arrived at the RTC within 15 minutes.

‘The two casualties were assessed and treated by mountain rescue volunteers and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service until the NEAS HART team and crewed

ambulances arrived. Northumbria Police were also on scene.’