FIREFIGHTERS rescued a woman from a river in a village near Taunton.

Crews were called to reports of a woman waist deep in water off Church Lane, Ruishton.

As well as two fire engines from Taunton, a specialist rescue team was summomned from Barnstaple.

The woman was rescued using throw lines, a ladder and water rescue gear.

She suffered minor injuries and was left in the care of paramedics following the incident shortly after 9pm yesterday (Saturday).