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Drunk-diver rescued from river by police

PUBLISHED: 18:25 14 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:00 03 March 2010

THREE Essex police officers risked their own lives to rescue an "intoxicated" young woman from the River Chelmer in the early hours of today.

The officers were on foot patrol in Chelmsford at 1.

THREE Essex police officers risked their own lives to rescue an "intoxicated" young woman from the River Chelmer in the early hours of today.

The officers were on foot patrol in Chelmsford at 1.30am and were paying particular attention to some people coming out of one of the city's nightspots when the woman, who was believed to be part of the group, threw herself in to the river.

An Essex police spokesman said: "The woman was attempting to swim but due to her intoxicated state she was getting in to difficulty.

"Sergeant Lloyd Page jumped in to the water and he was joined by his colleagues, constables Alan Pitcher and Steve King. They all tried to keep her afloat but the entry and exit to the river was difficult at that point.

"The officers took her to a part of the bank which had some metal supports which they could grab hold of for safety."

A crew from Essex fire service attended also and with the help of ropes helped the police officers pull the woman out of the water.

She was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford but there are no details of her condition or if she was detained.

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