Nelson homeless woman survived on canal water

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The aqueduct in Nelson The aqueduct in Nelson

A HOMELESS woman was found suffering from hypothermia after living under a bridge for four days and surviving on canal water.

999 teams including mountain rescue, air ambulance and firefighters were called to the Swinden Aqueduct, near Cravendale Avenue in Nelson, on Saturday evening.

Passers-by raised the alarm at around 5.15pm when the middle-aged woman was found to be unconscious.

The woman, who has not been named, was taking shelter under the bridge and sleeping rough.

According to emergency services teams, she had not eaten anything for three of the four days she had spent below the aqueduct that crosses the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

And they said she had been drinking water from the canal to survive.

They believe a lack of nutrients caused her to pass out several hours before she was found.

Graham Daley, team leader of the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, said: “She was very poorly and in a bad way.

“The paramedics stablised her and we attached her to a special type of stretcher which is like a tube that she was then secured into.

“We then had to sort of drag her up the banking and put her in the ambulance.”

The rescue took around an hour and the woman was taken to Blackburn Royal Hospital.

The mountain rescue team, the North West Ambulance and two fire engines from Nelson were called.

When they arrived, the woman was conscious and could speak but was suffering from the effects of the cold weather.

Due to her position at the bottom of steep banking, the paramedics, who were first on the scene, could not safely carry her to the ambulance which was parked on higher ground.

The mountain rescue service and the fire brigade were called in to help.

Mr Daley said: “She was such a lovely woman and kept thanking us for our help, even though she was in such a poorly state.

“It was really sad to see, especially at this time of year when you hope that everyone is with people and being looked after.

“We wish her all the best.”

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9:16am Mon 6 Jan 14

shytalk says...

How long before the plantation owners complain about her being a benefits scrounger and shouting she should get a job?
How long before the plantation owners complain about her being a benefits scrounger and shouting she should get a job? shytalk

9:43am Mon 6 Jan 14

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

Camerons broken Britain, mended beyond repair.
The big society, probably had her benefits cut due to bedroom tax and having a second empty arch on her bridge.
Camerons broken Britain, mended beyond repair. The big society, probably had her benefits cut due to bedroom tax and having a second empty arch on her bridge. FakeVilla_MTCabinet

9:56am Mon 6 Jan 14

frank says...

we're all in this together.
i'd love to see cameron and the morally bankrupt duncan smith in a canal- in winter.
one of the richest countries on earth and this is still happening., not to mention the two deaths/suicides as a direct result of the witch hunt sickness wca tests.
the government have succeeded in turning people against each other, or they will have when the bigots see this headline.
we're all in this together. i'd love to see cameron and the morally bankrupt duncan smith in a canal- in winter. one of the richest countries on earth and this is still happening., not to mention the two deaths/suicides as a direct result of the witch hunt sickness wca tests. the government have succeeded in turning people against each other, or they will have when the bigots see this headline. frank

10:20am Mon 6 Jan 14

HairyBowls says...

Disgusting country. Governments who are useless and purely incompetent. Bring on a dictator and smash the poorly system.
Disgusting country. Governments who are useless and purely incompetent. Bring on a dictator and smash the poorly system. HairyBowls

10:57am Mon 6 Jan 14

mavrick says...

I don't believe anybody in this country would have wanted this to happen under any circumstances, This poor woman has been failed by all the agencies and the well meaning. But this is only the tip of the iceberg to come. next year Osborne wants another 25 Billion in cuts, can you imagine what the result of that will be? The Coalition is unelected, rotten t the core, evil beyond belief. Did you vote for this? This is the price of apathy, It is time for people to get really angry about this woman's plight and compare it to the bankers who are the real culprits for the financial collapse in the west.
I don't believe anybody in this country would have wanted this to happen under any circumstances, This poor woman has been failed by all the agencies and the well meaning. But this is only the tip of the iceberg to come. next year Osborne wants another 25 Billion in cuts, can you imagine what the result of that will be? The Coalition is unelected, rotten t the core, evil beyond belief. Did you vote for this? This is the price of apathy, It is time for people to get really angry about this woman's plight and compare it to the bankers who are the real culprits for the financial collapse in the west. mavrick

11:41am Mon 6 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

My full sympathy goes to this woman and hope that her obvious problems can now be investigated and help given for her to overcome whatever problems they may be. In these times of political battles you will always get anger because of the troubled world we are now living in. Who‘s fault was it that this woman was found in this position? Whatever political platform you may stand on this poor woman has not benefited by any of them. We are all responsible for allowing it to have happened in the first place.

We are about to spend the coming year ’remembering’ those who lost their lives during the 1914-1918 war. Just what have we learned from the disasters that caused their deaths? Why do our political leaders still make wars? We have learned nothing it seems as this case shows!

Wars go by and people will get poorer while others get richer and some will say they have the answers yet non of them ever seem to find the answers. All we can do is to try our best to overcome them ourselves. That‘s life!
My full sympathy goes to this woman and hope that her obvious problems can now be investigated and help given for her to overcome whatever problems they may be. In these times of political battles you will always get anger because of the troubled world we are now living in. Who‘s fault was it that this woman was found in this position? Whatever political platform you may stand on this poor woman has not benefited by any of them. We are all responsible for allowing it to have happened in the first place. We are about to spend the coming year ’remembering’ those who lost their lives during the 1914-1918 war. Just what have we learned from the disasters that caused their deaths? Why do our political leaders still make wars? We have learned nothing it seems as this case shows! Wars go by and people will get poorer while others get richer and some will say they have the answers yet non of them ever seem to find the answers. All we can do is to try our best to overcome them ourselves. That‘s life! blackburnwithdarwen

12:27pm Mon 6 Jan 14

useyourhead says...

The holes in our safety nets are akin to the holes in our roads, more appearing daily and old ones getting ever bigger. I expect more and more to slip through and it is so very scary. I hope she gets some support long term and not just 'patched up' so she is well enough to be sent on her way for something similar to occur again.
The holes in our safety nets are akin to the holes in our roads, more appearing daily and old ones getting ever bigger. I expect more and more to slip through and it is so very scary. I hope she gets some support long term and not just 'patched up' so she is well enough to be sent on her way for something similar to occur again. useyourhead

1:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Interocitor says...

Oh my God. What have we come to.

Still, massive pay rise coming soon for our politicians.
Oh my God. What have we come to. Still, massive pay rise coming soon for our politicians. Interocitor

2:32pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

It's good to see that the Government's benefits policy is working out just as planned.
It's good to see that the Government's benefits policy is working out just as planned. Excluded again

3:11pm Mon 6 Jan 14

woolywords says...

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."
~ Mahatma Ghandi
Devolution means that we are no longer a United Kingdom, and as is shown, in this all to prevalent instance of another person, reduced to dire straits, no longer, Great Britain.
The Shakespearian Marcellus would be moved to express that there is something rotten within this State and that Horatio is mad to think that Heaven will correct it!
What has become of us, as a nation, where we permit the Government to even legislate, to allow this to happen? It morally besmirches every citizen.
"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi Devolution means that we are no longer a United Kingdom, and as is shown, in this all to prevalent instance of another person, reduced to dire straits, no longer, Great Britain. The Shakespearian Marcellus would be moved to express that there is something rotten within this State and that Horatio is mad to think that Heaven will correct it! What has become of us, as a nation, where we permit the Government to even legislate, to allow this to happen? It morally besmirches every citizen. woolywords

4:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

kingbilly says...

Poor lady,im sure we are all thinking the same,why wasnt it Cameron,Smith or Osborne,or all three,maybe next time,i cant see anyone wanting to help them
Poor lady,im sure we are all thinking the same,why wasnt it Cameron,Smith or Osborne,or all three,maybe next time,i cant see anyone wanting to help them kingbilly

5:08pm Mon 6 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Don't vote the rich in again , thay don't give a fook if you fall over and die , eaton boys looking after the rich ,,, sack Cameron and that little rat clegg ,, were still in Victorian times. Really , nothing's changed , so don't kid yourselves ,, poor woman ,
Don't vote the rich in again , thay don't give a fook if you fall over and die , eaton boys looking after the rich ,,, sack Cameron and that little rat clegg ,, were still in Victorian times. Really , nothing's changed , so don't kid yourselves ,, poor woman , phil kernot

6:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

mavrick wrote:
I don't believe anybody in this country would have wanted this to happen under any circumstances, This poor woman has been failed by all the agencies and the well meaning. But this is only the tip of the iceberg to come. next year Osborne wants another 25 Billion in cuts, can you imagine what the result of that will be? The Coalition is unelected, rotten t the core, evil beyond belief. Did you vote for this? This is the price of apathy, It is time for people to get really angry about this woman's plight and compare it to the bankers who are the real culprits for the financial collapse in the west.
Listening to the News tonight I have come to the conclusion that the Tories are throwing the towel in and do not want to win the next election.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: I don't believe anybody in this country would have wanted this to happen under any circumstances, This poor woman has been failed by all the agencies and the well meaning. But this is only the tip of the iceberg to come. next year Osborne wants another 25 Billion in cuts, can you imagine what the result of that will be? The Coalition is unelected, rotten t the core, evil beyond belief. Did you vote for this? This is the price of apathy, It is time for people to get really angry about this woman's plight and compare it to the bankers who are the real culprits for the financial collapse in the west.[/p][/quote]Listening to the News tonight I have come to the conclusion that the Tories are throwing the towel in and do not want to win the next election. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

4:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Brandy88 says...

21st Century Britain - the most democratic nation in the world - this is a big shame - I hope they have given her some food shelter and clothing and not just dropped her back off to the canal
21st Century Britain - the most democratic nation in the world - this is a big shame - I hope they have given her some food shelter and clothing and not just dropped her back off to the canal Brandy88

10:56pm Tue 7 Jan 14

katypri says...

Sorry I feel so guilty as we are standing back and allowing Cameron to do as he pleases, giving all our money to people from other Countries while people from our Country are treated like this, she is not the only one and it is time we grew a back bone and said enough is enough, Hope this lady is now well and being cared for
Sorry I feel so guilty as we are standing back and allowing Cameron to do as he pleases, giving all our money to people from other Countries while people from our Country are treated like this, she is not the only one and it is time we grew a back bone and said enough is enough, Hope this lady is now well and being cared for katypri

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