- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) - Three Oregon firefighters who decided they couldn’t wait for a water rescue team jumped into the chilly Willamette River in a Portland suburb to rescue a woman in the middle of the current.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/jW5iQO ) the trio brought a life jacket and rope to the woman early Tuesday and safely towed her back to shore in Milwaukie. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Clackamas Fire District 1 spokesman Brandon Paxton says dispatchers alerted firefighters that the woman had gone into the river late Monday night. A short time later she was spotted drifting downstream, struggling in the water.

Paxton says the water temperature was in the low 40s.

The firefighters had to swim about 100 feet to reach her.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide