Rescue teams were drafted in to reports of a woman getting into trouble in the River Mersey close to Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton at around 2pm today.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service crews from Wallasey and Birkenhead, and the Search and Rescue Team and Marine Rescue were mobilised to the incident.
According to witnesses, the lady was hanging onto a lifebelt before the crews arrived.
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Firefighters were met by pedestrians who had called the emergency services and were supported by HM coastguard, Royal National Lifeboat Instritution (RNLI) and North West Ambulance Service.
The woman, who was conscious and breathing but in distress, was plucked from the water by the RNLI hovercraft team.
Unfortunately given the extremely rough conditions the hovercraft became stuck on the rocks adjacent to the sea wall and could not be towed clear.
According to Mersey Fire and Rescue, this caused problems for the land based crews who had to rescue the woman with specialised rope rescue equipment and a basket stretcher from the stricken hovercraft.
Fire crews donned water rescue gear and, alongside HM coastguard crews, descended onto the rocks and brought the woman to safety.
Once the woman was brought to safety by rescue teams she was handed over to paramedics and transferred to Royal Liverpool Hospital.
Warren Bradley, Watch Manager at Wallasey Fire Station said: