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Will Beaton, Forum News Service, Published June 21 2013

East Grand Forks responders rescue woman from Red River

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The East Grand Forks Fire Department responded to a call from an off-duty firefighter who reported seeing a woman swimming in the Red River near the Point Bridge.

The Fire Department sent a fire truck and a rescue boat to the river’s shore at Lafave Park near downtown.

As personnel unloaded the rescue boat from the trailer, firefighters attempted to throw a rope to the woman to pull her to safety, but she was too far away for the ropes to reach.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boushee, the woman appeared “weak and tired” as she struggled to stay above water in the middle of the river.

Finally, the rescue boat was launched, and the victim was brought to safety.

The woman was strong enough to walk on her own to the ambulance, which was waiting on shore to bring her to Altru Hospital.

The woman, whom authorities did not identify, was alone during the incident.

East Grand Forks Police and Border Patrol units supervised the rescue.