Woman rescued from River Ythan

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A WOMAN had to be rescued after her wheelchair slipped down a riverbank in Ellon.

It is understood she was pulled from the River Ythan in the centre of the town shortly after 4pm this afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said her wheelchair had slid into the water and a man had gone in to to pull her to safety.

The incident occurred on a section of the river near the New Inn Hotel in Market Street.

Receptionist Susan Smith said that a woman had come into the hotel and asked for towels.

She added: “I think they wanted to wrap her up and keep her warm until the ambulance arrived.”

Two fire units from Ellon were called to the scene. Another from Peterhead was stood down.

It is believed the woman did not suffer serious injury.