River Ouse: Huge search underway after woman falls from bridge into water

A huge search and rescue operation is underway after a woman fell from a bridge into a river.

The woman was seen entering the River Ouse in York city centre at around 12.10pm today.

The A1036 Lendal Bridge has been closed in both directions by North Yorkshire Police.

Emergency services and the independent lifeboat and search and rescue team from York Rescue Boat are searching the water, YorkshireLive reports.

North Yorkshire Police said: “Motorists are being urged to avoid Lendal Bridge after a woman entered the River Ouse from the bridge at around 12.10pm.

“Emergency services are currently at the scene searching the river for the woman. York Rescue boat are also assisting the search.”

An air ambulance landed near the scene in Museum Gardens, but left the scene at around 2.40pm.

Lendal Bridge is still closed. It is thought that emergency services could be in the area for some time.

The A1036 is closed at Gillygate and Bootham and motorists have been urged to avoid the area.

A Local shop clerk heard that someone had fallen in the river and the road has been closed for around an hour.

They told YorkshireLive: “It’s awful if that’s what happened. It’s a shame.”