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.
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.