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Woman rescued from Red River

FARGO – A woman was taken to the hospital early today after being rescued from the chilly Red River near Fargo’s Midtown Dam.

Firefighters responded to a call about 2:20 a.m. from a woman who called 911 from her cell phone while clinging to an object in the river.

According to a Fire Department report on the incident, police and FM Ambulance also responded and found the woman clinging to a post at the end of a boat landing about 90 feet from the water’s edge, 100 yards downstream from the dam.

While a 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.

She was unable to grab it, however, and firefighters waded out to the woman and held her head above water while helping her into the boat.

The woman was taken to shore and transported to the hospital by FM Ambulance.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Dean Carley said authorities don't know why the woman was near the river at that time of night but he said it appears that after she fell into the river she initially grabbed onto a large rock near the river's edge and made her phone call from there.

He said she told authorities she began losing her grip so she threw her phone to the river bank so she could use both hands to hold onto the rock.

Carley said the woman lost her grip on the rock and was swept downstream until she reached the post and grabbed onto that.

He said the woman's condition was unknown, but he added she was able to walk on her own after being rescued from the river. He said the information available to him did not include the woman's name or where she was from.

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