A young woman was pulled from the Whanganui River yesterday after jumping from the Cobham Bridge.

Police said the woman had climbed onto the structure early in the afternoon while in a distressed state.

Attempts to calm her failed and she jumped into the river. A Whanganui police officer dived in after her and pulled her ashore.

Police said the woman had been undergoing psychiatric treatment. She was taken to Whanganui Hospital by ambulance.

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Police said she did not appear to have been physically injured. No further details were available at press time.