Ainsley Harriott saves a woman from drowning after she falls into a water feature at Chelsea Flower Show
Ainsley Harriott came to the rescue of a woman who fell into a water feature during day one of the Chelsea Flower Show in London on Monday.
The TV chef, 65, saved the woman from drowning according to onlookers after she tripped and fell into the water.
Ainsley was seen checking on the visitor with other passers-by as she lay on the ground next to the garden pond feature in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital.
Hero: Ainsley Harriott came to the rescue of a woman who fell into a water feature during day one of the Chelsea Flower Show in London on Monday
A group, which also included DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles, had been admiring the BBC’s show garden on Monday morning when the accident took place.
The woman ingested a large amount of water and had to be pulled out of the narrow water feature by the celebs who were at the Our Green Planet and RHS Bee Garden exhibit.
Paramedics arrived shortly after she was pulled from the water and she was taken to hospital, but the woman’s condition is not yet known.
One guest told The Sun: ‘The garden was packed with lots of people and I think the woman must have fallen into the pond or tripped over and ended up in the water.
Incident: The TV chef saved the woman from drowning according to onlookers after she tripped and fell into the water, as others including Nick Knowles looked on
‘I think she nearly drowned. She was pulled out by Ainsley Harriott and some other celebrities before they laid her down on the floor. She was coughing up lots of water.’
Nick Knowles was seen watching on as Ainsley helped the woman, after previously being photographed arriving at the event with his girlfriend Katie Dadzie.
Matt Peskett, an RHS volunteer who saw the accident, told The Telegraph that he was scheduled to show visitors around the garden during the public opening on Tuesday, but now officials have put barriers in place which could limit the tours.
Mr Peskett explained: ‘There were 30 or 40 celebs out and they were all drinking champagne. And then all of a sudden one of the guests stepped backwards and fell in. They fully fell in, not just a foot.
‘I hope they don’t keep it like this tomorrow – it would be a shame.’
Fall: Ainsley was seen checking on the visitor with other passers-by as she lay on the ground next to the garden pond feature in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital
Representatives for Ainsley and the Chelsea Flower Show have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
The Chelsea Flower Show has returned to its traditional May slot with gardens focusing on wildlife, wellbeing and floral displays to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Celebrities and members of the royal family are getting a first look at the Royal Horticultural Society’s showpiece event on Monday, before it opens to members of the public.
The show features gardens by Meta on plants and fungi in woodland ecosystems, a Notting Hill-set exhibit that features a deforested mangrove sculpture highlighting global deforestation and racial injustice and an ice block highlighting global warming.
Tripped: The woman ingested a large amount of water and had to be pulled out of the narrow water feature by the celebs who were at the BBC display
Medical attention: Paramedics arrived shortly after she was pulled from the water, but the woman’s condition is not yet known
The Mind Garden focuses on connecting with other people for mental health and St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots garden focuses on a programme to help people recover from homelessness through gardening.
A floral display with the profile of the Queen in Platinum Jubilee purple marks her 70-year reign.
It is covered on both sides with an assortment of native British-grown tree branches with connecting inner shelves arranged with 70 terracotta pots planted with lily of the valley, one of the monarch’s favourite plants.
Another installation aims to transport visitors to one of the Queen’s favourite places, with a canopy of flowers including fresh delphiniums, emulating the colours and planting of the Scottish landscape near the royal family’s Balmoral Castle estate in Aberdeenshire.
The Chelsea Flower Show is back in its May slot for the first time since 2019, after being cancelled in 2020 and moved to September for 2021 due to the pandemic.
Celebrity guest: Ainsley was earlier pictured arriving at the event, which hosted a press and celebrity preview on Monday ahead of its opening to the public