Fargo Police, Firefighters Pull Woman from Downtown Dam - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Fargo Police, Firefighters Pull Woman from Downtown Dam

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Fargo police and firefighters made a daring rescue this morning of a woman struggling to stay above water in the frigid Red River in downtown Fargo.

Emergency dispatchers got a call around 2:30 a.m. from a woman who said she was trapped in the water near the downtown dam. Before operators could get more information, the woman stopped talking.

Police on both sides of the river scrambled to the scene, and found the woman's cell phone near the water on the Fargo side but couldn't see her. Fargo police Sgt. Jared Crane says it was dark and hard to see, even with all of the flashlights, but then an officer heard her coughing. They spotted the victim about 30 yards from shore near the boat ramp. "The only part of her body above water was her face and she was looking up toward the sky," Crane says. "She was struggling and we were worried she was about to go under."

While the fire department boat was being launched, two firefighters waded out on the boat ramp which was covered by high water from recent rains and threw the woman a rope but she was unable to grab it.

The firefighters waded out to the woman and held her head above water and helped place her in the boat. She was brought to shore and transported to the hospital by FM Ambulance.

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