A MYSTERY hero saved the life of a 24-year-old woman trapped in her car after it smashed through a bridge wall and landed upside down in a river.
Chester PC John Forshaw of the road policing unit, the first of the emergency services to arrive at Church Lane, Aldford, praised the mystery man, a village resident.
He said: “When I first arrived I thought the worst. The driver’s side of the car was fully under the water but a member of the public was already in the water, holding her head above the surface. His quick thinking saved her life.
“He’s done a great job. He jumped into the river and stayed there for about 20 minutes fighting to keep her head above the water. He deserves all the credit.”
The victim, driving a grey Vauxhall Astra, crashed through the bridge’s sandstone wall before the car fell 15ft, trapping her upside down by her legs in the River Dee for 40 minutes.
PC Forshaw added: “I asked someone to get a rope or a chain and tie it to the back of the car and to a tree so it wouldn’t sink further in to the water and someone else got some tubing so she could breath if she went under.
“Just her head was above the water and she was barely conscious. She was very, very lucky.”
The woman, who suffered hypothermia and leg and spinal injuries remains in a serious but stable condition at the Countess of Chester hospital.
Paramedic Stuart Ryland was hailed by the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust for his actions.
He said: “I made a quick assessment and after taking all things into consideration decided I had to get her out.
“She was very cold and very pale. I was worried as she was not responding. There just wasn’t enough time even if the fire brigade has been there. Her legs were trapped but I was hoping the cold would have numbed the pain.”