Woman’s Cries Drowned Out By Headphones


READING, England, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A British cyclist who pulled a woman from a river said several joggers passed the woman without noticing because they were listening to headphones.

Matt Drury, 38, said he was cycling July 26 alongside the River Thames in Reading, England, when he heard the woman splashing and gasping for air, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

“She was lying on her back in the water but her head was under water and her legs were sticking up,” Drury said. “As usual there were joggers on the path. I saw a group of them run straight past her before I got there, but they had their headphones in and they couldn’t hear her. They should just keep their headphones in one ear so they can hear what’s happening around them.

“I screamed for help and threw my bike down. Another man jumped straight in and, with the help of a man who was on a riverboat, we pulled her out,” he said.

Drury said the woman was conscious but distressed and her lips were dark purple. She was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital, where The Telegraph said she made a full recovery.

It was unclear how the woman, whose identity was not released, ended up in the river.

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