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Ottawa Police officers jump into icy river to save woman

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Ottawa Police officers are being commended for their selfless actions after jumping into the icy river to save a woman last night. At about 9:00pm, Ottawa Police, Paramedics, and Firefighters were called to the Cummings Bridge at Rideau Street where a young woman was threatening to jump into the Rideau River. Officers tried to calm the woman to no avail. She jumped into the frigid waters. Firefighters had not yet had time to deploy their rescue boat. With the fast current they needed to react quickly. With officers attempting to spot the woman’s bobbing head in the water, Cst. Colin Bowie went to the St-Patrick Street Bridge and jumped into the water using the back seat of the cruiser as a floatation device. He managed to grab the young woman. Two other constables then jumped into the water to pull the two to safety. Thanks to the swift response of officers, the young woman was rescued and taken to hospital for assessment.

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