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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Inquiry into pier-fall incident
An investigation into how an autistic woman managed to fall off a pier while out with a carer is under way.

Brixham coastguards were alerted on Tuesday night when the 24-year-old got through railings at Torquay's Princess Pier and fell into the sea.

She was rescued following a full-scale search involving coastguards, lifeboat and a police helicopter.

The woman, who is a resident at the Westbrooke Grange in Lummaton Cross, was taken to Torbay Hospital.

A spokeswoman from Modus Care Limited, which runs the unit, said the woman is well and that the incident is under investigation.

Westbrooke Grange is a small specialist hospital for people with autistic spectrum disorder and associated mental health needs. It is registered with the Healthcare Commission .

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