Fire crews yesterday praised their police colleagues after rescuing a person who had fallen down an embankment next to a river.

A spokesperson for Tenbury Wells Fire Station (Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service) said:

“Yesterday afternoon we received a call from West Mercia Police informing us of a person in the river at Eardiston.

“This was a first for us as the initial 999 call to the emergency services was made by a smart watch. On arrival we quickly made contact with the person who had fallen 10 feet down a steep embankment and had been stopped from falling into the water by a large tree.

“We utilised a ladder to access the person and gave trauma care. They were eventually able to climb up the ladder with assistance from the fire crews.

“A water first responder crew from Tenbury, Wyre forest, water rescue vehicles from Hereford and Worcester and the rope rescue team attended as well as the ambulance service, and critical care ambulance.

“We pay tribute to the West Mercia Police control room operator who located and reassured the casualty until our arrival. We would like to thank the locals with a 4×4 vehicle that was used to transport equipment to the scene.”