“Intoxicated” man rescued after falling in River Orwell near Stoke Bridge, Ipswich

Stoke Bridge

Stoke Bridge - Credit: Archant

Emergency services were called to a man who was believed to be “intoxicated” that had fallen into the River Orwell in Ipswich this evening.

Police were called shortly before 8.40pm to Stoke Bridge to reports of a man in the river who was screaming for help.

A nearby resident called emergency services while a friend went out to try and help him.

On arrival, police found a man in the water who was conscious and screaming for help who had reportedly said he had been in the water for 45 minutes.

The man was handed a rope and a life ring on Stoke Bridge.

Firefighters arrived shortly after and had rescued the man from the water just after 8.50pm, where he was left in the care of paramedics.

A police spokesperson said they did not believe it was an attempt to self harm, but believed he was intoxicated and had fallen in.