Emergency services were scrambled to a Birmingham beauty spot after reports of a woman being pushed into a pool by a stranger.
The incident prompted a large emergency services response with the fire service rescuing the woman before she was placed in the hands of the ambulance paramedics. West Midlands Police and Sutton Park rangers also attended the scene on a drizzly morning.
An eyewitness posting on social media said: “I’ve just returned from my dog walk in Sutton Park where I came across the fire service, police, rangers and ambulance service in the process of rescuing an elderly woman from Longmoor Pool.
“She seems to have been pushed into the water by a stranger who fled the scene. A manhunt is taking place.
“The poor lady seemed to be OK despite being in the water for some time. Huge praise to all involved in the life-saving action and thoughts to the lady and her family.
“A little caution perhaps when near water bodies until the vile individual is identified and brought appropriately to justice.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it sent multiple crews to the scene.
A spokeswoman for the service said: “We were called by the fire service at 11.04am to reports of a patient in Longmoor Pool, off Monmouth Drive in Sutton Park.
“An ambulance, two paramedic officers, HART (hazardous area response team) paramedics and the West Midlands CARE (central accident, resuscitation & emergency) team medics attended.
“The patient, an elderly woman, was rescued by fire colleagues before being assessed and treated by ambulance staff on scene.
“The woman has been conveyed to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for further checks.”
West Midlands Police confirmed it is investigating the incident.
A spokesman for the force said: “We were called to a report that an elderly woman had been pushed into a lake off Monmouth Drive, Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday (September 14) morning at around 11am.
“Officers attended and found that the woman had been helped from the water by firefighters. She was seen by paramedics before being taken to hospital for further checks.
“Thankfully she is not thought to have suffered any serious injuries.
“We are working to establish exactly what happened and any witnesses can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk quoting log number 1300-140921.”
West Midlands Fire Service has also been contacted for a statement regarding the incident.
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