"Heroine" cyclist plunges into in to Swansea dock to rescue woman… then pedals off

Witness describes how dramatic episode involving "mystery" rider unfolded on Saturday afternoon

by Simon_MacMichael   November 21, 2012  

Swansea Marina

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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.

 

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I have to think that the order of events described in the South Wales Evening Post article aren't quite right, as putting someone in the recovery position *before* getting out of the water would be a bit silly

posted by bazzargh [144 posts]
21st November 2012 - 19:05

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Bazzargh - you're right and to perform a rescue like that you'd also need some training (for a start, don't swim straight to the person rescue them from behind). I would say that took some balls to jump into freezing water - however given the gender of the rescuer that's hopefully unlikely.

I expect she left just to get warm.

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [290 posts]
21st November 2012 - 19:53

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Bazzargh - it was the witness spoke about "recovery position" - could be he meant the towing position they teach in lifesaving classes (to recover her back to the shore)

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8103 posts]
21st November 2012 - 20:11

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There just appear to be some strange gaps in this story. Maybe it is the reporting.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1140 posts]
21st November 2012 - 23:46

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Probably a triathlete, I knew all that extra was useful for something! But what an absolute star this lady is, thought of someone else first and took her own risks to save them. That, folks, is real class and selfless heroism.

Doc

posted by doc [167 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 0:07

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Doc's probably right, triathletes have got to be the people with the least aversion to jumping into a cold dock.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3193 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 9:47

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The thing is, did the cyclist pay road tax? I'm sure the Daily Mail readers will want to know.

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2202 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 10:06

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OldRidgeBack, I'm sure Daily Mail readers would be glad to see cyclists in the freezing cold Irish sea.

posted by Paul J [619 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 10:25

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OldRidgeback wrote:
The thing is, did the cyclist pay road tax? I'm sure the Daily Mail readers will want to know.

Ha ha i can see the headline now Cyclist robs drowning woman. Could say they did it to pay their road tax Smile

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posted by cidermart [464 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 10:32

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blond?
in her 20s?
stripped off?

pics or it didn't happen

posted by mrchrispy [293 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 11:53

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That's very good of her. Impressive.
However I can't help thinking that the fact she was on a bike is completely irrelevant. If she'd got out of her car and jumped in, she wouldn't have been a motorist, would she? Or a pedestrian if she'd been on foot? Thinking
There was an article in my local rag a while back about a cyclist doing an armed robbery. The only "cycling" aspect of that story was that he came and went on a bike. How is that relevant? Angry

Anyway, at least this time it's positive.

posted by Arno du Galibier [25 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 12:25

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Arno du Galibier wrote:
That's very good of her. Impressive.
However I can't help thinking that the fact she was on a bike is completely irrelevant. If she'd got out of her car and jumped in, she wouldn't have been a motorist, would she? Or a pedestrian if she'd been on foot? Thinking
There was an article in my local rag a while back about a cyclist doing an armed robbery. The only "cycling" aspect of that story was that he came and went on a bike. How is that relevant? Angry

Anyway, at least this time it's positive.

I Agree, this is SO common in the news media - imagine the headlines: 'Motorist Robs Bank' - 'Man Mugged by Pedestrian'

posted by manuka [36 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 13:06

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I hope she was wearing a helmet Wink

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 13:19

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cidermart wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
The thing is, did the cyclist pay road tax? I'm sure the Daily Mail readers will want to know.

Ha ha i can see the headline now Cyclist robs drowning woman. Could say they did it to pay their road tax Smile

Thing is, if the rider hadn't jumped a few red lights and skipped some pavements on her route (like all of us do every time we're on two wheels), would she have been there in time to save the drowning woman?

Smile

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posted by OldRidgeback [2202 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 15:32

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Funnily enough the Evening Post is owned by the Daily Mail so expect that soon.......

Now a roadie why rustle

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posted by tonguetiedstu [3 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 20:43

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Actually the Daily Hate sold off Northcliffe Media (the owners of the Evening Post) earlier this week. Probably in disgust at them running a positive cycling story Wink

posted by bazzargh [144 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 22:39

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If the journalistic "standards" used by the daily fail were to be used, I would imagine the headline to be RLJ'ing lycra clad lunatic pushes elderly innocent lady to her death!

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [591 posts]
23rd November 2012 - 10:12

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And then the cyclist pedalled off up Constitution Hill in her big ring.........

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [164 posts]
23rd November 2012 - 12:28

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Freezing water? The seas around our coasts are at their warmest in October and would be only marginally colder in mid-November.

Journalistic licence?

Mike

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posted by mike the bike [132 posts]
24th November 2012 - 17:26

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bazzargh wrote:
I have to think that the order of events described in the South Wales Evening Post article aren't quite right, as putting someone in the recovery position *before* getting out of the water would be a bit silly

Think about it? then think about it? Recovery to aid transportation to the nearest bank or exit point from the water.

Nice to hear something good about cyclists. A Heroine indeed.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
24th November 2012 - 17:27

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Re did my first Aid course last month for BC coaching. The teacher stressed that they didn't like to call it 'the recovery position' anymore as too many people were taking the word 'recovery' literally and thinking it would heal the person. I kid you not... Thinking

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1059 posts]
7th February 2013 - 16:34

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MercuryOne wrote:
Re did my first Aid course last month for BC coaching. The teacher stressed that they didn't like to call it 'the recovery position' anymore as too many people were taking the word 'recovery' literally and thinking it would heal the person. I kid you not... Thinking

Just reminds me of the 'Aids recovery' having to be taken off of Lucozade drinks because the masses are stupid, in people in prominent postions eyes anyway.

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posted by cidermart [464 posts]
7th February 2013 - 17:58

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