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Shock and sadness after woman (76) dies in hospital after falling into town river

A slipway near the River Welland in Crowland where a woman fell in and later died in hospital.

A slipway near the River Welland in Crowland where a woman fell in and later died in hospital.

A elderly woman from Crowland has died after falling into a river in the town.

Sheila Sharpe (76), of The Common, was rescued by police after falling into the River Welland, near a slipway, on Thursday morning.

She was taken to hospital in Peterborough, suffering from hypothermia, but died after arriving there.

People living nearby said they were shocked and saddened by Mrs Sharpe’s death.

Kevin McGlen, landlord of Ye Olde Bridge Inn which is a short distance from the slipway, said: “We looked out the window and there were police cars up on the bridge over the river.

“The road was closed but it’s not the first time that’s happened, so we thought nothing more of it until we heard the same rumours as everyone else later in the day and read what was on the police website.”

A couple who lived near Mrs Sharpe, who asked not to be named, said: “We were dreadfully shocked at the news. She was very quiet and kept herself to herself.

“It’s shocking to think that somebody living so close could have something like that happen to them.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to the slipway, near Ye Olde Bridge Inn, Crowland, at 8.10am on Thursday in response to a report that an elderly woman had fallen in the river.

“A 76-year-old woman was rescued from the water and taken to hospital in Peterborough, suffering from the effects of hypothermia.

“Sadly, the woman died after arriving at hospital and the coroner was informed.”

Mrs Sharpe, whose husband Arthur Sharpe died in July 2012, is thought to have been a volunteer at the Crowland Cancer Fun Charity Shop in East Street.

An inquest into her death was opened by South Lincolnshire coroner Prof Robert Forrest on Friday.

 

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