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Posted: 07/3/2014 11:35 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 07/3/2014 12:39 PM | Updates
A Winnipeg police officer rescued a woman from the Red River early Monday morning.
Police said today the woman was spotted standing about four metres from shore about 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Red River near Bishop Grandin Boulevard and River Road.
"While in normal conditions the river can be a hazardous place, with the high water levels, fast-moving current and additional debris, it is especially treacherous at this time," said Const. Eric Hofley.
A member of the East District Community Support Unit was on duty in the area and assigned himself to the incident.
Upon arrival, he tried to engage the woman in conversation, but she was unresponsive.
Rather than wait for a water rescue crew to arrive, the officer felt comfortable wading into the river to bring the woman back to shore himself.
The woman is in stable condition, but her intentions for heading into the water remain unknown.
"This is the type of thing where we tend not to get into why the woman was in the river. We’re just very thankful that someone did take the time to report seeing that and that this officer was on the scene quickly enough to (respond)," Hofley said.
Police did not identify the officer who saved the woman, but said he would likely be recognized internally by the Winnipeg Police Service for his efforts.
"Normally in these situations, someone would acknowledge that. We do have an annual awards day for officers who, I don’t like to say go above and beyond, but who do find themselves in these types of situations and are able to assist," said Hofley.
Updated on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM CDT: adds quotes and more information
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