[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Sunday, 1 June, 2003, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Wheelchair woman saved from sea
A 95-year-old woman has been rescued after she plunged into the sea in her wheelchair when her brakes failed.

The incident happened at the promenade on Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, at about 1400 BST on Sunday.

The pensioner was saved by a retained fireman from Herne Bay and a French man, who both jumped in and kept her head above water until help came.

Littlestone lifeboat crew arrived with Folkestone coastguards to pick the woman up and take her into Folkestone harbour.

A spokesman for Folkestone Coastguard said the pensioner's wheelchair had rolled down the sloping promenade and over a 25-feet drop into the water.

It appeared that the brakes had not been applied properly, he said.

The woman was given oxygen before being transferred by ambulance to hospital suffering from hypothermia and slight bruising.

Stricken sailors saved by text
18 May 03  |  Hampshire/Dorset

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific