Five teens in river rescue

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging caution after an incident in which five teenagers got into difficulty whilst swimming in a river.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location near Ross Rowing Club on Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye at just after 7.30pm on Tuesday night to reports of a drowning.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the teens had got into difficulty in the River Wye.

“Two members of Ross Rowing Club went into the water, while others used a rowing boat to get to the youngsters.  In the meantime, one of the clubs rescue launches was also launched.

“Three of the girls were able to get out of the water themselves.  A 17 year old girl was rescued from the side by the launch and a 15 year old was rescued from the water by the rowing boat.

“The 15-year-old girl was shaken by her ordeal but was uninjured and discharged with advice.

“The 17-year-old was assessed at the scene and taken to Hereford County Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

“On a hot sunny day, the attraction of cooling off in water is obvious.  However, the dangers of doing so cannot be underestimated.  These five are extremely fortunate that members of the Rowing Club were there and able to assist them quickly.”

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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