A WOMAN in her 30s had to be rescued after falling into the River Trent in Burton.
A full-scale search was also launched for a man who was feared to be in the water, but he was later found nearby on dry land.
The drama unfolded shortly after midnight when police were called to reports of a woman falling in the Trent near St Peter’s Bridge, with a man also said to be missing.
Police, paramedics and fire crews from Burton and Tamworth were all called to Watson Street, as the female victim, who was said to speak limited English, was pulled out of the water.
She suffered abdominal injuries and was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
The woman is not thought to have been in the river for long, but the West Midlands Ambulance Service said she was treated for ‘the effects of being in the water’.
As the injured woman was attended to by paramedics, a frantic search was carried out for the missing man.
A police helicopter and water rescue unit scoured the river, but he was found a short time later unhurt.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We received a call from our colleagues at the ambulance service at 11.50pm. They found a woman in the water. Ambulance crews got her out and she went to hospital.
“There were concerns another male was involved so police patrols searched the area with support from the fire service and police helicopter.
“He was found at 1am. He was not in the river.”
A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “We were called to reports of a woman, believed to be in her 30s, who had fallen in to water and was suffering with abdominal pains.
“There were also reports of a second man, who was missing on arrival. Having searched together with the fire service and police, the man was found but was uninjured.”
“The woman was treated for injuries and effects of being in the water, before being transferred to Queen’s Hospital, Burton.”