27-stone woman rescued from deep ditch

FIREFIGHTERS were called to help a 27-stone woman who had fallen into a deep ditch this afternoon.

Anthony Bond

FIREFIGHTERS were called to help a 27-stone woman who had fallen into a deep ditch this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Riverside Road in Ipswich at 12.10pm.

On arrival they found that the 27-stone woman, believed to be in her 40s and from Riverside Road, had fallen into the ditch and needed help to get out.


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Ambulance service officials said paramedics could not lift the woman and called in fire crews.

Three fire engines as well as a turntable ladder attended the incident and used a ladder, ropes and a basket stretcher to lift the woman into a specially reinforced ambulance.

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The St John Ambulance service said one of its fleet of bariatric ambulances - designed to carry patients up to 70 stone - had been used to ferry the woman to hospital.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

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