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Officer makes Red rescue

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A Winnipeg police officer rescued a woman from the Red River earlier this week.

Police said 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 took matters into his own hands.

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 waded into the river and brought her to shore.

The woman is in stable condition, but her intentions for heading into the water remain unclear. "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," said Hofley.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 4, 2014 A2

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