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Woman saved after falling into Missouri River near St. Louis

Woman saved after falling into Missouri River near St. Louis

March 14th, 2019 by Associated Press in Missouri News

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- A woman is recovering from hypothermia after spending more than a half-hour in the Missouri River, clinging to tree roots until rescues arrived.

The unidentified woman was walking her dog in a suburban St. Louis park Wednesday night when she slipped off a bank and couldn't get back to safety. She used her cellphone to call 911.

Rescuers had trouble pinpointing her location. They finally found her nearly a half-hour later.

A firefighter had to go into the water to grab the woman. She clung to him as he swam upstream until a colleague tossed a rope. A rescue boat then arrived to take the firefighter and the woman back to shore.

The woman's dog also was found -- muddy and wet but otherwise OK.

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