Nurse risks life to rescue man in Clitheroe bridge drama

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A QUICK-THINKING and brave nurse who pulled a man to safety from the edge of a Clitheroe bridge has been praised by police.

Despite being headbutted in the face several times, the 30-year-old female nurse grappled with the mental health patient in a dramatic rescue attempt above the River Ribble.

The incident happened on the afternoon of Monday, October 3rd, after the patient had absconded from Thistle Manor mental health care unit in Clitheroe.

Sgt Graham Marshall, of Clitheroe Police, said: “The patient ran towards Edisford Bridge as startled dog walkers and residents watched. The nurse tried to help him and a struggle ensued as she tried to bring the man to safety before she was hit in the face several times.

“The nurse managed to pull the man back over the bridge, but she was then pushed and ended up on the wrong side of the bridge.

“She was able to climb back over the wall onto the pavement and continued struggling with the patient when a passing motorist stopped to help her.

“He helped restrain the patient and called the emergency services.”

Sgt Marshall went on to say: “The brave efforts of the nurse saved the patient.

“She risked her life to stop him from jumping into the river – otherwise the outcome could have been awful.”

The patient was taken to The Royal Blackburn Hospital for assessment.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, in particular the male motorist who helped the nurse.

Sgt Marshall said: “We want this man to come forward. He is described as in his mid-40s, white, 5ft. 6ins. tall, of medium build with dark brown shoulder length hair.”