Posted: Feb 26, 2013 8:44 PM by Shannon Newth - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - Emergency crews were dispatched to the Central Avenue West bridge on Tuesday at about 5:15 p.m. when a woman reportedly jumped into the Missouri River.
A river-rescue operation was launched within minutes.
Emergency crews found the woman standing in the middle of the river underneath the bridge.
The rescue crew got the woman into their boat at about 5:40 p.m. and took her to a waiting ambulance. She was then taken to Benefis hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Jamie Jackson, Great Falls Fire Rescue Battalion Chief, said that the woman did suffer some "traumatic compression" injuries.
He also noted that the water temperature is around 37 or 38 degrees, and she may also have experienced some hypothermia.
Jackson said that it is fortunate that the water was clear, noting that if this had occurred when the river was iced over in some areas, it would have been much more difficult to get to the woman.