Firefighters have rescued a 66-year-old woman on Monday lunchtime who accidentally fell to her empty pool at 7 pm on Sunday evening.

The injured woman, who is said to be of German nationality, was taken to the Vega Baja hospital where she is being treated for a broken hip.

The injured woman lived alone, she did not carry a mobile phone with her and was unable to notify anyone, as a result of which she remained incommunicado for about 16 hours.

According to sources the woman was found lying by the side of her pool by a neighbour who went looking for her after she failed to turn up to feed the animals, a task that the pair carried out every morning.

The woman, who lives alone following the death of her husband 4 years ago, has resided in Torremendo for about 15 years.