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Woman survives jump from French King Bridge

Recorder/David Rainville
Emergency workers unload a woman who survived a jump off the French King Bridge Saturday.

Recorder/David Rainville Emergency workers unload a woman who survived a jump off the French King Bridge Saturday.

ERVING — Emergency workers raced to the banks of the Connecticut River Saturday afternoon to rescue a woman who had apparently jumped from the French King Bridge.

The call came in at about 5 p.m., when a woman was seen jumping from the 140-foot-high bridge by a passing driver.

Despite the height from which she jumped, and the near-freezing temperature of the water, the woman survived the fall.

The 59-year-old woman lives in Wendell, said state police trooper William O’Connell, and her name will not be released.

Turners Falls firefighters launched their boat from the Turners Falls Rod and Gun Club, and raced upriver to the bridge, where the woman floated in the water.

“Fortunately, she didn’t sink,” said Fire Capt. Michael Morin. “We were able to pluck her out of the water, and she was still alive when we handed her off to the crew on shore.”

O’Connell said the woman was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for treatment and later transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The trooper said the woman was alert enough to talk to rescue personnel at the scene. Police had no further word on her condition Sunday.

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