Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Woman rescued from River Chelmer

Springfield Road, Chelmsford
23/11/2019 @ 03:08
Incident Number: 113377
In attendance: 1 x Chelmsford, 1 x Leigh (water rescue)

A woman was rescued from the River Chelmer during the early hours of this morning. 

Crews were called to Springfield Road, Chelmsford, after reports that an intoxicated woman had jumped into the river after leaving a nearby nightclub.

Watch Manager Nick Singleton, Chelmsford Fire Station, said:

"When we arrived, the woman had already been rescued from the river by security staff and the local policing team. 

"Last night was very cold and the water was freezing - no one could have survived for a long time in those conditions.

"Had it not been for the quick decisions and actions of the security staff and police, this woman could have been in real trouble." 

When crews arrived they gave her medical attention, using a decontamination pack to ensure she was kept warm, clean and safe until the Ambulance Service arrived. 

Watch Manager Singleton added:

"With the festive season upon us this is a stark reminder of the situations people can find themselves in when they've had too much to drink. 

"When the woman decided to jump into that river she did not consider the consequences for herself or others around her.

"Please, please make sure you stay in control of your situation and surroundings when you are drinking, particularly when you are near water - it is usually far colder than you think and it is never safe to enter when you have alcohol in your system. 

"We want to make sure everyone has a happy and safe Christmas this year and remembers it for the right reasons."

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