A MAN has been rescued from the river Wye near Hereford and taken to hospital.

Five fire crews were among the emergency services called to the river Wye near Breinton at around 10am on Monday morning (September 14).

The man was rescued from the water by the fire crews and then taken to Hereford County Hospital.

A Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said three crews from Hereford and a water first responder from Eardisley sent to the scene, as well as a fifth crew from Mid Wales fire service.

"There was one man in the river and police and ambulance were also in attendance," they added.

"A man in his 50s, conscious and breathing, was helped from the river and handed over to ambulance personnel."

West Midlands Ambulance Service added: "We were called at 10.08am this morning to reports of a patient in water near Warham Lane. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended.

"The patient, a man, was brought out of the water, treated for the effects of hypothermia and taken to Hereford County Hospital."