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Incident Date: 13 June 2014
TWO women have been rescued by firefighters after falling into a river during the Saddleworth band contest festivities.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Huddersfield Road, Delph, at around 10.10pm on June 13 after reports of two people in their 70s in the water.
Station Manager Paul Whittaker said: "They were making their way round the vilLage enjoying the band contest when they got themselves into a bit of difficulty. It appears one has fallen into the water and the other went in to assist.
"It's a shallow river but there's a 10ft drop so they couldn't get themselves out."
Two crew from Oldham attended the scene and worked with the North West Ambulance Service to help them to safety using ladders and a longboard.
Both women were taken to hospital as a precaution.
The incident has led to a safety plea by the Fire Service for people to take extra care around water.
Station Manager Whittaker said: "If you see someone in the water, call us out. Never lean out over the water or enter the water to try and help - you are likely to get into difficulty yourself."
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