A MAN was rescued from the river by members of the public as the incident triggered a large emergency response. 

The man was reported as being in the River Severn in Worcester this afternoon as witnesses described a large emergency response, including 'at least 10 emergency vehicles and a helicopter'.

People were advised to avoid the main city bridge as the emergency services rushed to the A44 New Road.

A spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called to reports of a person in the river near the A44 in Worcester at 2.32pm today.

"Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. One man was rescued from the water before being assessed on scene by ambulance staff. The man was conveyed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution."

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We were called to New Road in Worcester shortly after 2.30pm today following a report of a person in the river. The person was rescued by members of the public on a boat and taken to hospital by ambulance."