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Passer-by rescues Surrey cyclist from river after she slipped while riding on towpath

Incident happened near Farncombe Boat House in Godalming this afternoon

Surrey Fire & Rescue have taken to social media to praise a quick-thinking passer-by who rescued a cyclist from the River Wey after she slipped while riding along the towpath and fell into the water.

The incident happened at around 3pm this afternoon close to the Farncombe Boat House in Godalming, reports Surrey Live.

The woman, who lives locally and is believed to be aged in her 60s, was reportedly riding with her partner at the time.

Peter Hector, who owns the nearby café Hector’s on the Wey, told the website: "It was probably someone walking along, not paying attention, that made her go to the side, because it took her off the towpath and she toppled over.”

He said that the couple were regulars at the café and that he often saw them cycling by the river.

"They are always on their bikes on the towpath, it's not a strange route for them," he explained.

Surrey Live says that a member of the public who was passing by pulled the woman and her bike from the water, before fire crews and a rescue boat that had been alerted reached the scene, and the emergency services were subsequently stood down.

The woman was checked over by paramedics at the scene as a precaution before being taken home.

"She was shaken up and shocked a little bit," Mr Hector added, "but well."

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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