A mystery female cyclist in South Wales has been hailed a “heroine” after plunging into Swansea Marina to rescue a woman lying face down in the freezing cold water.
An eyewitness described how the cyclist, described as blonde and in her 20s, had jumped into the water and brought the other woman back onto dry land, and said he was convinced that her actions had averted a tragedy.
The unnamed man, who lives close to the scene of the drama which unfolded at around 4pm on Monday afternoon, told the South Wales Evening Post: "I was in the window of my flat when I saw two women near the edge of the marina, which looked a bit strange.
"There are no railings around that section of the marina, and I saw one of them go into the water.
"I rushed downstairs, and then I saw a woman cycling along. She stopped, just stripped off and went into the water after her.
"The woman was face down in the water, but this young woman got hold of her, put her in the recovery position and towed her to the nearest ladder, which must have been 40ft away.
"Three of us went to the ladder, and a lad went down the ladder and got them both out.
"That woman is a heroine — there is no doubt in my mind that she saved the life of that woman in the marina.
"The water was freezing and her lips were blue when she got out."
Police, ambulance and fire crews – the latter with a rescue boat – arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, while the cyclist, who had checked that the woman she had fished out of the water was okay, had already disappeared.
"I've got to say the emergency services were incredible, they were there very quickly," said the witness.
Paramedics treated the woman who had fallen into the water, said to be aged in her 50s, at the scene before taking her to hospital to be checked over.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "We responded to reports of a woman going into the water off Trawler Road.
"It seems a passer-by went into the water and brought her out."
The episode is reminiscent of one we reported on last year in which a cyclist in York jumped into the River Ouse to save the life of a four-month-old girl whose pram had rolled into the river when her mother let go of it.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.