EMERGENCY services were called to Hartlepool Marina after a woman fell into the freezing water.
Hartlepool Fire Brigade, the RNLI and ambulance crews were called to Navigation Point at 6.50pm on Tuesday.
Officers from Stranton Fire Station say two teenagers and a man were involved in the dramatic rescue.
By the time that she was rescued, the woman, who lives on a boat on the marina, had been in the water for over 20 minutes.
She had tripped over a cleat on deck and fallen overboard.
The woman was recovered by the lock keeper and taken to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service suffering from mild hypothermia and possible secondary drowning.
Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: “After over 20 minutes in the water with no lifejacket this woman is extremely lucky to be alive.”
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