The City of Hull Street Angels volunteers found the woman in the water on Friday night
A couple of Hull’s street angels truly lived up to the name after they dramatically rescued a woman who ended up in the freezing Hull Marina water.
Usually the City of Hull Street Angels team help those a little worse for wear or handing out flip flops to those struggling in their heels. Read more here.
But sometimes they have they have to go above and beyond, never more so than on Friday night.
The two street angels were patrolling Hull Marina around 9pm when they spotter clothing and a handbag close to the Holiday Inn.
One of the street angels, who just wants to be known as Tom, explained what happened.
He said: “We were outside the Holiday Inn on Hull Marina around 9pm when we saw something wasn’t right.
“At first we could not see the patient but then she appeared from under the water in a distressed state. She said she could not swim and she put herself in the water.
“We could not gain access to the pontoons to hold onto the patient so we had to verbally instruct the patient to hold on until we gained access.
“The police responded very quickly and were on scene within minutes. As they arrived, a local boat owner opened the gates so we could access the pontoons with the police to rescue her.
“We gave the woman foil blankets as it was clear she was high risk of hypothermia, the ambulance then arrived and took over.”
City of Hull Street Angels is a registered charity which began in 2018.
Volunteers patrol on Friday and Saturday evenings, currently from 8pm until midnight and are easily recognisable with their red jackets.
They provide drunken revellers who have over indulged with water and flip flops, wipes, foil blankets and vomit bowls if needed.
They even carry portable phone chargers so people can make urgent calls if their phones have run out of power. All volunteers are trained in basic first aid.
Trustee Carole Fenny has praised the two street angels for their quick actions in saving the woman.
She said: “I am amazingly proud of what they did. They did a great job and saved her life.
“They were pleased with what they did but sadly it is not that rare for us.
“A year or so ago one of our volunteers had to hold one woman by the collar until help arrived after she jumped into the water at Princes Quay.
“We have dealt with a number of people with mental health issues.
“Unfortunately, the bus we used to could take people in for privacy until appropriate help arrived has since died.
“We are trying to raise funds for a new one but it could take a long time."
A gofundme page has been set up to help raise funds for the City of Hull Street Angels.
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