Two children taken to hospital following river incident

Wednesday 24th July 2013 – 4.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Two children have been taken to hospital after being pulled from a river in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the River Arrow near to Dolphin Road in Abbeydale, Redditch shortly before 12.40pm today.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two children who had been pulled from the river.

“Ambulance crews treated a six-year-old girl who was found to have a reduced level of consciousness and suffering from hypothermia. The girl was also found to have ingested some water from the river. Crews provided emergency medical treatment at the scene before airlifting the girl to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where on arrival, she was conscious and talking to paramedics.

“A second patient, an 11-year-old boy, is also believed to have ingested some of the river water and was suffering from hypothermia. The boy again was provided with medical treatment at the scene and conveyed, via land ambulance, to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further assessment and treatment.

“Both Children were extremely fortunate to have been pulled to safety from the river by passer-bys. The incident once again highlights the dangers of rivers, lakes and disused quarries.



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