A TEENAGER was taken to hospital after being rescued from the River Severn.

The 17-year old was pulled from the water by firefighters using throw lines and an inflatable boat before being rushed to Worcestershire Royal hospital for further treatment.

Police, firefighters and paramedics went to the riverside at around 10.30am this morning after receiving reports the teenager had fallen in the water at Ham Lane, Severn Stoke, near Worcester.

A Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “A male, believed to be aged 17, was rescued from the River Severn by fire service personnel using a rescue sled and throw lines. The police and ambulance service also attended.

“The casualty was handed over to paramedics. The incident was closed at 11.31am.”

The spokesman added that boats from Worcester and Evesham, a Water First responder team from Pershore, a fire crew from Upton-upon-Severn, and a drone and officer from Ledbury went to the riverside.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by the police at 10.34am to a patient in the water off Ham Lane in Severn Stoke. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), one ambulance, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care car attended the scene.

“We treated one patient, a man, before taking him to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.”

A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 10:30am this morning we were called to concerns that a man had fallen in the water at Ham Lane.

“He was recovered from the water and there is no further police involvement.”