Woman rescuing cat has to lifted to safety by fire crews

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A YOUNG woman attempting to rescue a cat had to be rescued herself when she injured herself beside a Sheffield waterway.

Fire crews from three stations took part in the rescue at Blonk Street, close to The Wicker just outside the city centre.

The woman, believed to be aged around 20, had gone over railings and scaled the river embankment around 7.30pm on Saturday to follow a cat.

Central station Crew Manager Shane Toulson said they had expected to get a line down to her so she could get to safety but the woman showed signs of a back injury.

The suspected injury meant specialist equipment being brought in from other stations including lifting gear and a specialist aerial ladder platform.

The ladder platform was lowered over Blonk Street Bridge into position next to the injured woman

She was then placed on a stretcher and the rescue team then secured her to the hydraulic ladder platform and she was lifted to safety.

The woman was taken to the Northern General Hospital for treatment and the cat recovered and handed to the RSPCA for temporary care