Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

03-17-09 Women Rescued from River had Medical Condition

03-17-09 Women Rescued from River had Medical Condition
  Boise, March 17, 2009 - Boise Police, working with hospital physicians, have determined an unrelated medical condition caused a 62 year old Eagle woman to apparently fall into the Boise River while taking a walk late Monday morning.
 
   Officers aren't sure if the woman slipped or fell into the river, and it's unclear how long the woman laid there unconscious until she was discovered by a passerby who summoned help (c-release below). The woman's family tells officers she often took long walks on that stretch of the greenbelt. 
 
    Detectives say there is no evidence or injury that points to foul play.
 
    Officers say the men who found the woman may have saved her life. Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson says their efforts were heroic, and will personally thank the two men for their actions.
 
   The woman remains hospitalized.
 
   Per the family's wishes and Boise Police policy, the woman's name or further details on her medical condition are not being released. As a reminder, Boise Police policy and practice is to release names of individuals who are cited, arrested, suspects, or persons of interest in crimes. The Boise Police Department recognizes individuals rights to medical privacy.  
 
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Previous Release
 
Woman Pulled from Boise River;
No Evidence of Foul Play
 
    Boise, March 16, 2009, 4:45 p.m. - Boise Police say at this time there's no evidence of foul play after a 62 year old eagle woman was rescued from the Boise River this morning.
 
    The woman is currently hospitalized. Officers say her medical condition is possibly life-threatening.
 
    What Happened: Boise Fire and Police were called to the Boise River at 36th & Adams, near the Clocktower pond at 11:34 a.m. this morning. 
 
    A man walking his dog, a truck driver from Midvale, Oregon, saw the woman in the river and called for help. A Boise man was nearby and heard his calls. The Boise man was able to get into the river and hold the woman's head above the splashing water. She was unresponsive and tangled in a beam on the diversion dam.
 
    The Oregon man called 9-1-1. The men held onto her until Boise Police Bike Tom Shuler Officer arrived and was able to carry the woman out of the river.
 
   The woman was immediately given medical treatment by Boise Fire and Ada County EMS and taken to St. Alphonsus hospital.
 
   Boise firefighters say the river is extremely cold and dangerous, with water temperatures reported to be in the 40's. The Boise Fire Dive team also responded to the rescue, if needed.
 
   Again, investigating officers say at this time, they've found no evidence of foul play. Detectives are working with doctors and the woman's family in their search to find answers as to what might have caused the woman to go in the water.
 
   More information will be released as it becomes available.