A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after falling down a river embankment near Victoria Park.

It is understood that the woman was trying to cut back some overgrown plants beside the River Mersey when the accident happened.

One onlooker said: "She got struck in tree roots. The rowing club sent their motor boat over as a precaution."

Members of Warrington Rowing Club had been out all morning cutting branches and collecting debris on their boat ahead of their regatta next Saturday, July 24.

Two fire engines and a specialist boat were sent to the banks of the River Mersey on Howley Lane following reports that a woman had fallen down the embankment.

Firefighters helped to rescue the woman and handed her to the care of the ambulance service. 

Cheshire Police incident force manager Caroline Mullen-Hurst said: "We received a call at 11.53am to say that a female had fallen down the Mersey embankment.

"Fire service was at the scene and she was taken to hospital by ambulance.

"It was a fall, an accident."

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The incident happened near the junction of Holmsfield Road.

Firefighters were at the scene for an hour and 10 minutes.