Woman who fell 12ft onto train tracks was 'climbing a tree'

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The woman who sparked an emergency rescue after falling onto train tracks had been climbing a tree when she fell, her finacée has said.

A specialist rescue team, five fire crews, police and an ambulance were scrambled to a bridge on Ordsall Road in Retford on Thursday morning.

The bridge was cordoned off while rescue teams hauled the woman from danger.

Jessie Cooper, 22, said the woman involved was her fiancée Carina Cooper, also 22, who had been climbing a tree at the side of the bridge, reports Lincolnshire Live .

"What actually happened was that she was climbing a tree - I don't know why yet - and when she stepped on a branch it snapped and she fell.

"She was taken to hospital in Sheffield and they have done observations, blood tests and X-rays and there are no significant injuries.

"I am so relieved. I didn't realise it was her at first this morning - the first I saw of anything were posts on Facebook.

"It was an automatic worry at first as I didn't know where she was and I did a bit of digging around and I called the Sheffield Hallam Hospital and they said she was there, and she was breathing.

"I didn't know what had happened - you hope for the best but you assume the worst."

Jessie says she decided to come forward to set the record straight as there is much speculation on social media about the incident.

And the extent of her injuries amounts to a few cuts and bruises.

"It was literally just an accident, but she's OK." said Jessie.

"She said she fell 12 foot from the tree - that's why the fire engines were there to lift her back up. From what she's told me she landed on the banking at the side of the railway, not actually on the tracks."

Carina Cooper said: "I'd like people to respect my privacy going forward. What happened is a private matter and I'd like to keep it that way."

One local resident, Jon Matthews, said he had never seen so many emergency services vehicles in one place.

The bridge on Ordsall Road, Retford

The bridge on Ordsall Road, Retford

He said: "Each side of the bridge was closed off when I went through. I have never seen so many emergency vehicles in my life.

"There were fire engines, police, ambulances and people in high-vis jackets."

And John Pearson, 72, who lives opposite the bridge on Cheyne Walk, said: "My mate rang me up at the ungodly hour of 8.20am to tell me about it.

"There were police, paramedics, an ambulance, fire engines and the railway police.

"All the road was closed off and there were people all over the bridge - and cars were still trying to drive over the bridge - one of the firemen said to one of them 'are you for real?'"

Firefighters rescued the woman using a short extension ladder and bolt croppers, possibly to cut through the fence at the top of the bank.

A Nottignhamshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "Crews from Tuxford, Worksop, Newark and two crews from Retford were called to reports that a woman had fallen from a bridge on Ordsall Road, Retford shortly after 07:40am this morning (26 October).

"Firefighters, including those from Newark’s Specialist Rescue Unit, worked with other agencies including Nottinghamshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Network Rail at the scene to rescue the woman.

"A short extension ladder, bolt croppers and a basket stretcher were in use at the scene and the woman was left in the care of East Midlands Ambulance Service.

"Crews had left the scene by 08:51am."

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