Police have issued an appeal to trace a male jogger who summoned help when an elderly female fell into the River Sid in the Byes, Sidmouth, this morning.
They say, without his quick-thinking, the woman would not have been found alive.
The unknown jogger was in the Byes between 7.15am and 8.30am today (August 12).
Police say the man found the elderly female and flagged down other joggers to help him recover her from the water.
A spokesperson said: “Between them, they managed to rescue the lady from the river. An ambulance was called and the lady was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital suffering from hypothermia.
“His quick thinking undoubtedly led to the elderly lady being found alive.
“Police would like to thank the male and request that anyone with any information that may assist us identify and locate him kindly contact the Police via 101, quoting log 0125 12/08/19 or ask for the information to be passed to PCSO 30190 Steve Blanchford-Cox.”