A pair of Kingston police officers have saved a woman struggling to stay afloat in the river Thames.

At 4.30pm yesterday (Friday, April 13) officers were called to Portsmouth Road, Kingston to reports that a woman had fallen into the river.

The woman had been swept a considerable distance out and was struggling to swim.

The officers then jumped into the water and brought her ashore.

They then provided first aid treatment at the scene before London Ambulance Service arrived and took her to a west London hospital.

The woman's condition is stable and her family has been informed.

Inspector Richard Jordan from Kingston praised the effort of the officers.

"Both of the fine officers who responded to this call, acted quickly and bravely to help save this young woman," he said.

"Their quick thinking and dedication to serving the public is typical of so many hard working response team officers who work 24/7 shifts and respond to a wide variety of emergency calls everyday."