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Winnipeg police chief witnesses early-morning Crimson River rescue – Winnipeg

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A 37-year-old lady was taken to hospital after a harrowing expertise within the Red River early Thursday morning, police mentioned.

Round 1 a.m., a girl was heard screaming for assist in the water, and one of many first on the scene was Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth, who had nothing however reward for the bravery of his officers after witnessing the incident which occurred close to his residence.

“I dwell within the Mynarski neighbourhood, as much as the north, alongside the Crimson River,” Smyth mentioned.

“I used to be woke up by my neighbour banging on my entrance door and he knowledgeable me there was a girl within the river.”

A 911 name later, and a big group of police and different emergency officers gathered on the riverbank to aim a rescue.

“It was very darkish final night time. The water remains to be very chilly, and primarily based on the sound — and that’s all we might go by at the moment — the girl appeared about 40 ft offshore,” mentioned Smyth.

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“She was clearly hysterical and in disaster. Hearth was making an attempt to get a watercraft into the water, however they have been nonetheless a methods out.”

By that time, he mentioned, the girl appeared to have drifted close to Kildonan Park, and with the assistance of a rope offered by a neighbour, a lot of officers “stripped to their skivvies” and jumped within the water for a dangerous rescue by forming a human chain.

They have been capable of get the rope across the lady and safely convey her to shore.

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1 person in hospital after Red River rescue: WFPS

Smyth mentioned due to the poor visibility, there was plenty of concern on the scene about whether or not the scheme would work.

“When the girl within the water instantly went silent … it was actually a helpless feeling, as I questioned if I used to be going to witness a drowning.

“As a involved citizen and as chief of police, I held my breath, nervous in regards to the lady within the water and nervous about our members who have been now within the water.

“I didn’t anticipate to be a witness, nevertheless it was good to see their professionalism.”

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After the rescue, the girl was taken to hospital in steady situation.

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