"OLD technology" was used to rescue a woman who had fallen near to the River Severn in Stourport - 150 metres away from the road.

An air ambulance, one land ambulance, a senior paramedic and a hazard area response team attended reports of a woman who had fallen near to the river front by Lickhill Quarry and Severn Bank Caravan Park just after midday on Monday (June 3).

The woman had fallen 150 metres away from where the ambulance was able to park and therefore required an old-fashioned stretcher, used by medical staff for 100 years, to carry her to safety.

A West Midland Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Unfortunately, the woman had suffered quite nasty injuries. The initial crew had walked to her but requested assistance.

"The woman received treatment at the scene before she was placed onto the Bran Carrier for the journey back to the ambulance before onwards travel to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“While technology and developments undoubtedly helped in her treatment, the Bran Carrier which has been in use since the First World War proved the most effective way of getting her to the ambulance.”

A spokesman said this morning that the woman's injuries are not believed to be serious.