A woman reported to be clinging to the railing of the outer deck on the orange bridge last week was rescued by police.

A woman reported to be clinging to the railing of the outer deck on the orange bridge last week was rescued by police.

Woman rescued from Nelson bridge

A woman who walked onto the orange bridge one night last week wearing only a housecoat was pulled to safety and taken to hospital.

A woman who walked onto the orange bridge one night last week wearing only a housecoat was pulled to safety and taken to hospital.

Nelson police said in a news release they received the call about 10:30 p.m. As they were en route, “numerous” other 911 calls came in about the woman on the outer deck clinging to the bridge railing.

With the help of some passersby, the woman was rescued and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital to be assessed under the Mental Health Act.

“Without the assistance of the people who reported [the incident] and others who stayed to help officers this event could have had a tragic ending,” Acting Sgt. Paul Bayes said.