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

The Bideford Street Pastors used the road sign as a stretcher to rescue the woman. Credit: @dave_sgt / Twitter

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.

A call of persons screaming in the river at Bideford, an amazing team of police officers and street pastors sprang to action to effectively rescue a casualty. Quick thinking, overcoming and adapting with a road sign stretcher! A life well saved.

– Sergeant Dave Thubron, Devon and Cornwall Police

The woman in her 20s was taken to hospital.