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POLICE had to rescue an ‘intoxicated’ woman from the River Chelmer in the early hours of Saturday morning, after she drunkenly dived in on her way home from a nightclub.
Two fire crews were rushed to Springfield Road, Chelmsford, at 3.08am – but arrived to find security staff and local police officers had already dragged her from the freezing cold water.
The firefighters gave the woman medical attention until paramedics arrived.
The incident prompted a plea from the fire service for revellers not to overdo it during their festive celebrations.
Last December, in Basildon, 28-year-old Jack Morrad left the Colors nightclub, headed the wrong way home and drowned in a lake in Gloucester Park.
Nick Singleton, watch manager at Chelmsford fire station, said of Saturday’s incident: “The water was freezing. No one could have survived for a long time in those conditions.
“Had it not been for the quick decisions and actions of the security staff and police, this woman could have been in real trouble.
“With the festive season upon us, this is a stark reminder of the situations people can find themselves in when they’ve had too much to drink.
“When the woman decided to jump into that river, she did not consider the consequences for herself or others around her.
“Please, please make sure you stay in control of your situation and surroundings when you are drinking – particularly when you are near water. It is usually far colder than you think and it is never safe to enter when you have alcohol in your system.
“We want to make sure everyone has a happy and safe Christmas this year and remembers it for the right reasons.”