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Reno Fire Department rescues woman from Truckee River

This is a screen capture of a video by Joe Harrington of a rescue of a woman from the Truckee...
This is a screen capture of a video by Joe Harrington of a rescue of a woman from the Truckee River.(KOLO)
Published: Jun. 25, 2017 at 4:48 PM PDT
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A woman who jumped into the Truckee River Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Street bridge was found by a water rescue crew clinging to willows at the Center Street bridge and was pulled out alive at the Lake Street Bridge.

Reno Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Casos said she was taken for a medical evaluation.

The initial report was that a woman jumped into the Truckee River around the Virginia Street bridge about 3:45 p.m. June 25, 2017 and went downstream. The fire department’s rescue crew responded and found the woman clinging to Willow just east of the Center Street bridge, Casos said. They put a kayak into the river to help rescue her.

Reno Battalion Chief Mike Pilcher said once the rescue swimmers reached her, she kept pulling away. Eventually, they were able to get her to the Lake Street bridge and get her out of the water.

Casos warned people to stay out of the river.

“It’s the same message we want to get out to the community,” Casos said. “The water is a little bit too cold and too fast for recreational swimmers. We recommend it only for swimmers who are at the expert level.”