River Sid hero describes moment he rescued OAP in the Byes

Hero Al Baker has described the moment he heard an elderly woman, who had fallen into a river, calling out for help as he jogged through the Byes in Sidmouth.

Mr Baker, who has been credited with saving the woman’s life, was yesterday being sought by police – who want to thank him for his actions.

He and a female jogger got into the River Sid and pulled the OAP to safety.

Our story on the river rescue prompted a raft of comments identifying Mr Baker as the man responsible for the rescue.

He had been on his way to work when the drama unfolded.

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Mr Baker, 35, talked East Devon News.co.uk through yesterday’s events.

He said: “At 7.20am I was walking through the Byes on my way to work. I heard a lady’s voice shouting ‘Help me! Help me!’.

“I was unsure what to do. I saw a female jogger and I called to her to help me.”

Mr Baker said: “Then I got into the river. The lady jogger also got into the river a few seconds after I did and we both assisted the lady out of the river to rest on the bank.”

Two other joggers, who were also on the scene, called an ambulance.

Mr Baker said he then ‘ran up the road to meet the ambulance’.

“I have learning difficulties, so my first reaction is to panic then react. I was grateful that other people were around to help me.”

Selfless Mr Baker says his thoughts are with the saved woman, who was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.

“I hope the lady we rescued is okay,” he said.

Police say that the woman may not have been found alive without Mr Baker’s quick-thinking.

Hunt for hero jogger who saved OAP from River Sid in the Byes

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