Emergency services work together to rescue vulnerable woman from bridge

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Gloucestershire Police officers worked with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue on Tuesday evening (April 11th) to rescue a woman who had climbed onto the Hempsted Bridge in Gloucester. The Ambulance Service was also in attendance.

Officers were alerted to the woman at 5pm, following calls from concerned members of the public who reported seeing a woman on the ‘wrong side of the bridge.’

Once the woman was located a rescue operation began.

The A430 Secunda Way was closed to traffic in both directions, as were nearby roads.

Despite the best efforts of trained negotiators, the woman refused to come down. She was in a very precarious position and would have injured herself badly if she had fallen from a height of around 20 feet.

The Fire and Rescue Service cut a hole in a fence and officers managed to reach the woman and harness her to the barrier before removing her to safety from the platform.

A spokesperson from Gloucestershire Constabulary told the Ross Gazette: “The challenging rescue of this distressed and vulnerable woman took over three hours and was a result of great professionalism, skill and teamwork between the county’s emergency services.”