- 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.

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


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