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Woman rescued from ice on Susquehanna River

Updated: Tuesday, March 11 2014, 08:09 AM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler

Harrisburg- A woman was safely pulled to shore on Monday afternoon, after she got stuck on the ice on the Susquehanna River.

Officials tell us the woman walked out onto the ice on purpose, but it is not clear why. She was about 150 feet out from the shore near Front and Market Streets. 
     
It took River Rescue crews about 20 minutes to safely get her to shore because of the nature of the rescue. Rescuers immediately told the woman to lay down and to spread her weight to to keep the ice from cracking.

Crews made their way out to the woman with a rescue boat, and brought her back to shore.

"We put several rescuers on the ice which is very fragile.  We have them and personal flotation devices tethered off to ropes, so that if they do
fall on the ice we're able to retrieve them back.  But it's still a
significant event if you fall under the ice and are swept under by the
current of the river, which is still flowing under the ice," said Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline.

Enterline calls the woman's rescue a success. Officials say the woman could face charges. Woman rescued from ice on Susquehanna River


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