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Update: Police appeal as 56-year-old woman remains in critical condition after being rescued from River Exe in Exeter

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday after a woman was spotted in the Exe towards the Port Royal Pub.

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Exeter police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a woman was rescued from the fast flowing river Exe.

Shortly before 9.15am on Sunday , police and other emergency services were called to the river near the Port Royal public house after a woman was reported to be floating in the river.

At 9.34am a fire service officer entered the water and pulled the woman ashore.

The 56-year-old woman was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

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She is described as white, of slim build, with ginger hair. She was wearing a grey jacket, blue jeans and black boots.

Local resident Marion Snow said: “I was walking my dog along the river when I saw a man throw a life ring into the water.

“I thought at first it was a dog in the water but then I saw it was a woman. She was face up with her mouth open and bubbles coming out of her nose.

“She did no make any attempt to grab the ring and the police arrived.

“It was terrible and I have kept thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep all night.”

Anyone who saw the woman in the area of the Port Royal public house or Exeter Quay, prior to entering the water, is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 228 of 11 May.

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  • stuarta99  |  May 12 2014, 12:41PM

    This was a terrible ordeal to go through and feel for the family. As one of the 3 that was there from the start we did our best to help and been kicking ourselves ever since for not doing enough. Comments complaining about the police doesn't help and being there from the start can say that at no point was the water safe enough to jump in. Believe me we wanted too and comments like that only make us feel worse. Lets just hope that she pulls through and some of the many passer-bys that just walked past in the initial stages can help with investigations