Southsea firefighters rescue elderly woman who fell in flat

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FIREFIGHTERS used an aerial ladder to break in and rescue an elderly woman.

The 94-year-old had fallen over in her flat in the early hours of Saturday morning.

She fell badly on her leg and could not lift herself. It was only after she had been calling out for help for several hours that neighbours realised anything was wrong.

When they went to help her they couldn’t get into the flat in Embassy Court, Bramble Road, Southsea.

A crew from Southsea fire station were called out at 2.45am.

Watch manager Stuart Damen said: ‘She was on the fifth floor and we had to use our aerial ladder platform to get on to the balcony because we didn’t want to smash her front door and leave it unsecured.

‘The lady had collapsed and was unable to get to the door or move herself. She’d been there for several hours.

‘Her neighbours called us out and we managed to get in and then handed her over to the ambulance service.

‘She was okay, she was recovering. The problem was that she landed on one leg and it had bent back underneath her. The other leg was in front of her.’ She was treated at the scene by paramedics.