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30FT RIVER PLUNGE MUM BATTLING FOR HER LIFE; Rommily, 33, critical in Italian hospital.

Byline: chris clements c.clements@dailyrecord.co.uk

A SCOTS mum is fighting for her life after plunging 30ft on to a concrete river bank in Italy.

Rommily Gill suffered multiple fractures when she fell near the River Arno in Pisa early on Sunday.

The 33-year-old had been enjoying a romantic getaway with boyfriend Derek Cooper when the accident happened.

Police said the couple spent the night in bars in the medieval city before taking a walk by the Arno at 3.30am.

It's thought Rommily lost her balance and fell on to the concrete ledge.

Derek waved down passers-by, who called the emergency services.

Firefighters hoisted the mum of one back up to street level before rushing her to Cisanello hospital, where she remains in a coma.

Her condition has been described as "critical".

Rommily lives in Dunoon with her three-year-old son Hamish. She runs her own bag design company.

Friends told the Record she had only started seeing Derek last year. Yesterday, he was keeping a vigil by her bedside while the rest of her family flew to Italy.

Aberdeen MSP Mark McDonald went to university with Rommily. He tweeted: "This is heartbreaking. Hope she pulls through."

Francesco Tagliente, prefect of Pisa, said police were investigating how the couple had managed to drink into the early hours as it is an offence to serve alcohol to people who are already drunk between 12.30am and 3.30am.

Multilingual signs have been put up around Pisa to warn of the danger of falling into the Arno after a number of similar incidents over the years.

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DANGER The River Arno in Pisa, Italy

ROMANTIC Rommily Gill and boyfriend Derek Cooper were on holiday in the medieval city
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