Video: First responders save woman who jumped from bridge

A woman who apparently jumped from a bridge into the Androscoggin River was rescued by first responders in boats

By Katie Park

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 54-year-old Brunswick woman who apparently jumped from the Frank J. Wood Bridge into the Androscoggin River just after noon Wednesday was rescued, conscious, by Brunswick firefighters.

Deputy Fire Chief Donald Koslosky said that when he arrived shortly afterward, bystanders showed him the blue down jacket the woman was wearing floating in the river near the Sea Dog Brewing restaurant.

“You could see she was staying afloat by her down jacket,” he said.

Brunswick and Topsham police, along with Koslosky, prepared to deploy float ropes to attempt to reach the woman, but Koslosky said she was too far from shore.

Topsham police Chief Chris Lewis waded into the river to his waist trying to reach her, but was unsuccessful, Brunswick police Cmdr. Mark Waltz said.

Brunswick and Topsham launched fire boats from the Water Street boat ramp and headed up the river toward the woman, and Brunswick firefighters scooped her from the water, Koslosky said. He said she was conscious when she was rescued.

The woman was taken by Brunswick Rescue to Mid Coast Hospital. Waltz said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Koslosky said the water temperature at the time was 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

River Rescue

Crew 1, with Car 3, Car 1 and Topsham Fire, responded to the Androscoggin River behind the Sea Dog for a subject that jumped off the bridge. The subject was floating down the river. We were able to launch our boat and effected a rescue of the subject, who was then transported to Midcaost Hospital. Great work by all involved.

Posted by Brunswick Maine Fire Department on Wednesday, December 5, 2018


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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