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A young woman was rescued from a sand bar in the South Platte River Tuesday afternoon, where strong current had taken her.

She and a young man were swimming/wading at the tail race where the Nebraska Public Power Canal meets the South Platte and the current swept them downstream, said Cpt. T.J. Williams of the North Platte Fire Department.

The man swam to the riverbank and summoned help. The woman made it to the sandbar.

The river appeared to be 4-5 feet deep in that area and the current was swift, Williams said.

Williams said the 911 call came at 2 p.m. When first responders found out the woman was safe, they called the Lincoln County Dive Team, who used a small boat to pick her up and bring her to the bank.  

Thankfully, it turned out to be a relatively easy rescue, he said.

“We just went out and got her and came back,” he said.

The woman was not taken to the hospital and responders were back at their stations by 3:09 p.m., Williams said.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/17/2014
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