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Spokane firefighters rescue woman from Spokane River near Maple Street Bridge

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Spokane firefighters assist a woman after she was rescued from the Spokane River, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Peaceful Valley. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane firefighters assist a woman after she was rescued from the Spokane River, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Peaceful Valley. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane firefighters rescued a woman from the chilly Spokane River near the Maple Street Bridge early Tuesday afternoon.

The Spokane Fire Department responded to the bridge just after noon for a water rescue, according to dispatch records. Spokane police officers reported a woman in her 20s was in the river, about 25 feet from the south bank.

The woman, who was wet and hypothermic, said she was going to attempt to move to the shore without the help of the fire department water rescue team, but personnel at the scene entered the river to bring her to shore, according to a news release.

The woman was pulled from the river at about 12:30 p.m. and transported to a local hospital for evaluation for hypothermia.

The river’s water was 38 degrees at the time of her rescue.

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