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Incident Date: 24 May 2016
FIREFIGHTERS are asking people to take extra care around water after a woman was rescued from a steep embankment.
Firefighters and officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) went to the riverbank close to Broad Oak Terrace in Bury at 11.05am on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Fire engines from Bury and Whitefield were joined by the Water Incident Unit from Heywood and a Technical Response Unit and crew rescued 41-year-old Katron Doody from the riverbank using rope equipment and a ladder.
Katron was walking her dogs – Sheldon, a Jack Russell, and Lottie, a Cocker Spaniel – when she found herself in difficulty.
Katron said: “I was walking the dogs when Sheldon ran down the embankment towards the water, quickly followed by 11-month-old Lottie. I ran after Lottie with her being so young. The ground caved in beneath me and I fell to the bottom of the embankment and landed in the water.
“Luckily I managed to climb out of the water but there was no way I could get back up to the top of the bank. I can’t thank the firefighters enough for rescuing me, I just didn’t think of the dangers at the time.”
Station Manager Mark Doggett said: “The firefighters did a brilliant job rescuing Katron and our colleagues from North West Ambulance Service took care of her once she was back up the embankment.
“We would like to remind people to take extra care around water and not to attempt to rescue their dogs putting themselves in danger. Dogs always manage to find their way to safety but people often end up in difficulty and needing help from emergency services.”
Katron and her dogs are doing fine.
For more water safety advice please visit: www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/seasonal_safety/water_safety/