Saskatoon police rescue woman who
walked into bone-chilling South Saskatchewan River
Postmedia News and
December 18, 2014
Saskatoon police officers rescued a 27-year-old
woman who walked into the freezing cold river Wednesday night.
Two Saskatoon police officers had to take a bone-chilling dip in the
South Saskatchewan River in a brave bid to rescue a distraught woman
On Wednesday shortly after 10 p.m., security staff in
the 300 block of Second Avenue South phoned police, as motorists and
passersby were trying to calm down a woman who was screaming and banging
on a vehicle.
The 27-year-old Saskatoon resident made her way to the river in the
downtown area where she eventually immersed herself near the Broadway
Bridge and was swept away, despite attempts by officers to talk her out
of the water.
The woman was screaming for help when one officer secured himself
with a rope and tried to swim out to rescue her, but was forced back by
A second officer, also secured by a rope, managed to reach her and
was pulled to shore by emergency personnel, along with the first officer
who had re-entered the river to help.
The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital and is expected to
recover fully. Neither of the police officers needed treatment.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Well there are two officers in Saskatoon who
will be treated as heroes for a long time to come.
The story is missing a host of details that is
typical of a story like this
and the odds are we may never hear the facts
behind the case until some
other incident brings it to the public's
Typically, cases like this involve a mental
health problem and while the story has some indications of the symptoms there is
nothing about the cause and for that we will have to wait
for the remote possibility of the lady
making news again.
Ottawa Mens Centre