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New West police make dramatic rescue of woman swept down Fraser River

An alert person called police

New Westminster Police Department officers had to make a dramatic rescue of a woman who was being swept down the Fraser River.

At Approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, officers received a 911 call about a woman in distress on the Fraser River.

The person calling from the shoreline shared that they could see her struggling to keep her face above water, police said.

“Police officers rushed to the river front and kept an eye on the location of the woman as she was pushed downstream by the current,” said police.

The department’s boat was brought in to rescue the woman.

“These officers provided updates to the officers aboard Shaw 1, who quickly located the woman in distress. The officers aboard Shaw 1 pulled her from the quick currents of the Fraser River. The woman was brought back to shore where BC Ambulance were waiting on shore to provide aid.”

This was the second time in a week the police have put their boat into service following a body being found washed ashore on the New West waterfront.