Woman dies following river rescue

Joseph Bulmer

Death follows River Torridge incident in Bideford on Tuesday evening

A WOMAN rescued from the River Torridge has died.

The 49-year-old, who has not yet been named by police, passed away yesterday afternoon.

She is understood to have fallen into the river at around 7.30pm on Tuesday and was carried several hundred yards upstream by the incoming tide before being pulled from the water by a police officer, who dived in to save her.

A massive rescue attempt got under way on the riverbank by Wooder Wharf involving lifeboat and coastguard crews, paramedics, police and the RAF Chivenor helicopter.

Police said next of kin had been informed and a file was being prepared for the coroner.