A MAN escaped with minor injuries after plummeting 50ft from Morpeth’s Telford Bridge.
The 27-year-old was walking with a friend when he fell from the bridge at the entrance to the town at about 11.15am on Monday morning.
The man landed on the rocks in shallow water below and was knocked unconscious.
His friend rushed down to help pull him out of the water and brave police officer Laura Thompson, who was first on the scene, waded through the River Wansbeck to reach the casualty.
Witness James Pyper, who was driving over the bridge at the time of the incident, said: “There were two males walking along the path of the bridge and suddenly one went over the top.
“I pulled over and ran back and called the emergency services.
“PC Laura Thompson was the first one there and she was very brave.
“Without thinking of her own safety, she jumped down the wall and with no hesitation she jumped straight in the water and waded across the river.”
Shocked onlookers watched as paramedics treated the man at the scene and firefighters were called to help lift him from the river to an ambulance.
He shortly regained consciousness and was taken to Wansbeck Hospital. He was later released with minor injuries.
The bridge was closed for a short time while police investigated the circumstances of the incident and the injured man was carried off, with traffic diverted through Morpeth town centre.
Acting Morpeth Inspector Dave Simpson praised the quick actions of PC Thompson.
He said: “I have been told that the officer without thinking, jumped over the wall down to the river to go to the man in the water, which is exceptional work, especially considering that she didn’t know what she was going to find there.
“It is good to hear a member of the public praise the officers and it is nice that somebody has noticed our positive work like this.
“PC Thompson is absolutely fine — the one thing she complained about was that she got wet.
“The officer just acted professionally as any of our staff would have done.”