A MAN was rescued from an Abingdon river and taken to hospital in a 'potentially life-threatening' state.

Emergency services were scrambled to St Helen's Court on Monday after receiving reports that a man needed help in the River Ock.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said ambulances were sent to St Helen's Court at 4.23pm on Monday 'to reports of a patient in the water.'

She said: "We had on scene a community responder, ambulance crew, ambulance officer, rapid response vehicle and critical care unit assessing and treating one male patient, who was in a potentially life-threatening condition. 

"He was treated at the scene by all our crews and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital."

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Details of how the man got into the water and his current condition are not yet known - police have been asked for further information. 

Several neighbours had posted on the 'Abingdon' Facebook page reporting a large presence of police and ambulance personnel, with one stating she had seen '7-10' emergency vehicles pass by.

Another said the River Ock footpath had been cordoned off as emergency services dealt with the incident.