Updated: Young woman rescued from Huron River in Ann Arbor
by David Jesse | The Ann Arbor News
Monday April 27, 2009, 7:08 AM
An Ann Arbor firefighter fastens a line to an unidentified woman who was rescued Sunday afternoon from the Huron River.
An afternoon swim turned into a long wait on a log in the middle of the Huron River for a 22-year-old-woman on Sunday.
According to witnesses, the woman and a male friend dived into the river for a swim. The fast moving current swept the woman down the river. She was able to grab a hold of a log and wait for help.
"It was moving pretty fast for sure," said Kevin Karr, the principal of Ann Arbor's King Elementary School, who happened to be walking past during the rescue.
A kayaker was able to get a life jacket out the woman.
The first attempt by the Ann Arbor Fire Department to rescue her was unsuccessful. Firefighters had to go around to the other bank of the river for the second attempt, which was successful. They used ropes to help get out in the river.
The fire department and campus police didn't have any other information about the identity of the woman.
The incident happened about 2 p.m. in the river, off Nichols Drive, west of the railroad viaduct, the fire department said in a press release. A crowd of spectators gathered to watch the rescue.
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