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Woman Rescued from Downtown Lowell Span

November 22, 2018

LOWELL -- A report of a female attempting to jump off the John E. Cox Memorial Bridge came over the emergency radio broadcast at around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Less than 30 minutes later, the female was secured by emergency crews and transported by ambulance to Saints Memorial Hospital.

Following reports of the female possibly jumping, Lowell police cruisers flooded to the bridge, shutting it down to traffic. Lowell firefighters gathered along the Merrimack River below for a potential water rescue.

“When we arrived on scene, we found the female had climbed over the railing and was laying on the bridge,” Lowell Fire Chief Jeff Winward said. “Rescue 1 launched their boat into the Merrimack River and stood by in case the victim or a rescuer ended up in the river. Engine 11 brought their rescue boat to the edge of the river and prepared to launch it if needed.”

Police, firefighters and paramedics could be seen gathered in a group on the sidewalk along the bridge’s west side. According to the emergency radio broadcast, police requested a “harness” as the female was on the “edge.”

“Firefighters and police officers then lifted the victim up and over the rail to safety,” Winward said.

At around 9:45 p.m. the female was placed on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.

The bridge was opened to traffic moments later.

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