Quick-thinking street pastors use road sign as stretcher in river rescue

A team of street pastors from North Devon have been praised for their “quick-thinking” after using a road sign as a stretcher to rescue a woman in a river.

Volunteers from Bideford Street Pastors intervened after a woman fell into the water at Bideford Quay in the early hours of this morning (October 29).

Police were called but, on arrival, discovered the casualty had already been pulled from the water on a road sign - which the pastors had used as a form of stretcher.

The woman fell into the water at Bideford Quay in the early hours of Tuesday (Oct 29) morning. Credit: @dave_sgt / Twitter

Sergeant Dave Thubron, who tweeted about the incident, said the pastors’ quick-thinking had saved the woman’s life.

The woman in her 20s was taken to hospital.