A TEENAGER had an amazing escape after falling 100 feet from the Torridge Bridge into the river below. Police were called to a disturbance on the bridge in the early hours of Friday. They found an 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman had been involve

A TEENAGER had an amazing escape after falling 100 feet from the Torridge Bridge into the river below.Police were called to a disturbance on the bridge in the early hours of Friday. They found an 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman had been involved in an argument and that the man was on the outside of the bridge railings and threatening to jump.The officers spent 15 minutes trying to coax him back over the railings.He eventually lowered himself over the concrete lip, supporting his weight by his elbows.He then asked officers for help back over the railings, but fell into the river.Shortly afterwards the man was heard calling for help and was encouraged to swim to a nearby moored boat.Appledore inshore lifeboat was called to the scene and crew members gave first aid before transferring him to a waiting ambulance at Bank End, Bideford.He was taken to hospital, but it is understood that he did not sustain any serious injuries.A fire and rescue spokesman said: "The man fell a considerable distance. He was lucky not to have been serious injured, or worse.