Pensioner fell off mobility scooter into canal
An elderly woman had to be rescued after she lost control of her mobility scooter and fell into a canal in Exeter.
The pensioner, who is thought to be in her 70s and live locally, ended up submerged in the water with the scooter on top of her.
It was her second day out on the scooter and she was travelling along the tow path towards Double Locks, about one kilometre from the Quay, when the incident happened.
However, two kayak instructors, Harry Newman and Jane Yeomans, from Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre were nearby with a group and managed to rescue her.
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Mr Newman, 23, said: "We'd just put the group on the water and I was about to get in my boat when I heard a splash," he said. "I realised it wasn't from my group and didn't know if it was a dog or not.
"I looked round and saw something red in the water, which turned out to be a jacket. I ran over and the lady was trapped underneath the scooter, she was pretty panicked, her head was just out of the water.
"It was only about two feet deep at that point but there was no way she would have been able to get herself out. We both jumped in and while I got the scooter off her, Jane kept hold of her so she was safe."
The instructors gave the woman, who was not injured, a fleece to keep warm.
"She was pretty shocked by what happened and just said she had lost control over the tarmac, which was quite broken up at that point."
The next day Harry helped to rescue a golden retriever that was unable to get itself out of the water at the Quay.
"We are on the water all the time so it's inevitable that we will help out if there are incidences like this," Harry added.
He also urged people not to throw the provided lifesaving rings into the water for no reason. "They are for real emergencies," he said.