York & North Yorkshire

Askrigg river fall: 87-year-old woman dies

River Ure near Worton Bridge
Image caption Mrs Higginbottom fell in the River Ure near Worton Bridge in Wensleydale

An 87-year-old woman has died after falling into a river in the Yorkshire Dales during a family walking holiday.

Eva Higginbottom, of Matlock, Derbyshire, is believed to have slipped on stepping stones as she crossed the River Ure near Askrigg on Monday.

Police said an angler pulled her out of the water near Worton Bridge and she was taken by air ambulance to Harrogate hospital, where she died that evening.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on Wednesday.

'Public-spirited'

Mrs Higginbottom, who was an active and experienced walker, was on holiday with her daughter and son-in-law in Wensleydale, but had arranged to go off on her own and meet them later.

They raised the alarm when she failed to arrive at the agreed meeting point.

Insp Ian Thompson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Our thoughts are with the lady's family at this sad time, we understand she was a very active person who regularly went on country walks alone.

"We have personally thanked the fisherman who came to her rescue and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

"His public-spirited actions meant she received help as soon as possible."

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