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Firefighters rush to save woman after 30ft fall onto riverbank in Silvertown

Four fire rescue units attended the scene (credit: London Fire Brigade) 

Firefighters have rushed against an in-coming tide to save a woman after she fell 30ft onto a riverbank in Silvertown. 

The woman was sitting on a wall in Booth Road when she plummeted down onto mud and rocks at around 11.30am on Tuesday, 26 May. 

Two firefighters managed to access the bank using a ladder and quickly helped stabilise her. 

A woman fell 30ft onto mud and rock (credit: London Fire Brigade)

Crews then used specialist line equipment to lift her up to street level in a basket stretcher. At around 1.20pm she was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. 

“Firefighters worked quickly against the tide, which was coming in quite fast, and had roughly a 40 minute window before the water would reach the casualty,” said Group Commander Nick Harding.

“Crews also had mud paths on standby and the fire boat from Lambeth was on scene in case it became a water rescue.

“The water was within about a metre of where the woman had been stuck by the time she was brought up.”

Three fire engines from Plaistow, East Ham and Popular fire stations attend. Four fire rescue units from Bexley, Edmonton, Islington and East Ham were also sent to the scene. 


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