A 35-year-old woman was rescued from the Chehalis River in Aberdeen Friday morning, apparently suffering from hypothermia but no other visible injuries. Police and firefighters don’t know yet why she was in the river.
The woman was unresponsive when authorities arrived on scene at about 10:30, and was not able to grab items firefighters threw to tow her onto the bank. Eventually a firefighter hooked her arm with a stick and hauled her in, carrying her to a waiting ambulance.
Shawn Clark and his cousin, David Stream, were having lunch near the water when they heard people shouting for help. They walked down the bank to where a man was standing in the river, trying to reach the woman floating farther out, behind Quigg Bros., Inc. near South Michigan Street.
“She was incoherent. I thought she was drowning,” Clark said.
“I thought he was drowning,” Stream said of the first man on scene, who was shouting for help.
Another woman was calling for help from the road. She was apparently the one who called police.
Stream waded in up to his waist to try to reach the woman, tearing some stitches in the effort, but both men were otherwise unharmed. They said the man who was first trying to help the woman walked away shortly after they jumped in to help, before police arrived.
The woman was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment, but transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. As of Friday evening, her condition was listed as serious and she was undergoing intensive care.