Woman rescued from bridge

EMERGENCY services have carried out a delicate rescue operation on the southbound lane of the Shoalhaven River Bridge.

At around 6am a 31-year-old woman from Victoria climbed onto the eastern side of the southbound bridge and would not come down.

Inspector Steve Johnson from the Nowra police said the woman was seen climbing onto the metal uprights and up to the top of the bridge shortly after 6am.

Inspector Johnson said police negotiators were called in an attempt to get the woman down which failed.

Ambulance rescue officers were sent up to the woman to try to secure her to the structure.

Ambulance paramedic Dave Edge stayed with her until she could be rescued.

“The woman was on the structure for more than two hours before police and ambulance rescuer officers used an Endeavour Energy cherry picker to release her and return her to the ground,” Inspector Johnson said.

The woman was taken to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

Traffic on the southbound bridge was reduced to one lane for an hour, before being completely closed and a contra flow put in place on the northbound bridge.

The southbound bridge was reopened to traffic just after 9am.

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