Thu, 18 Aug 2016
A FATHER and son from Newbury came to the rescue of a diabetic woman who had been missing for 24 hours without any access to her insulin.
Paul Smyth, aged 45, and his 10-year old son Billy-Joe, were feeding the ducks at the lakes in Midgham before setting off on holiday to Cumbria when they found the woman in a distressed state by the side of a fishing lake.
Mr Smyth, who runs the lakes, spoke to the woman while Billy-Joe ran half-a-mile to flag down help.
Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News, Mr Smyth, who lives in Woodspeen, said: “As we got to the edge of the lake we could see a woman was sat in the mud and had lost one of her shoes.
“There were aeroplanes flying above and she was shouting, ‘Help me, help me’. I heard her saying, ‘They are never going to find me’. She was in a very distressed state.
“I said, ‘Are you OK?’ and she said, ‘You’ve found me, I cannot believe it’. She told me she had been there for 24 hours.
“Neither me or my boy had a key to get to where she was [in a closed-off section], so my wife Karen had to drive over from Newbury. Billy-Joe ran his little legs off to go and get help.
“She tried to offer my boy money for helping her, but we said we couldn’t take it. She was so elated she had been found. “
When asked how the woman ended up at the lakes, Mr Smyth said: “It sounds like she’s gotten off the bus at the wrong stop in a confused state and walked through the undergrowth.
“The police said she was very lucky. If she’d gone 24 hours without her insulin, it sounded like a close call for her.
“She had written her will on a piece of paper because she was convinced no one was going to be able to find her.”
At 9.05pm last Wednesday, the National Police Air Service tweeted: “Missing person search just outside Brimpton, assisting @TVP_WestBerks search large open fields & parkland. Enquiries ongoing.”
She was found by Mr Smyth the following day.