Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Woman Rescued After Falling into Canal

Boise, Aug. 11, 2013 - 7:10 p.m. - Boise Firefighters and police officers were on scene quickly after a citizen called to report a woman in an east Boise canal. Thankfully, two citizens were able to rescue the woman. Firefighter-paramedics were on scene immediately to provide emergency medical help. The woman has been taken to the hospital as a precaution, but responders on scene say it looks like she's going to be okay.

"She had a strong will to survive. It took all her strength to stay afloat in the cold, fast moving water. We are very thankful for the citizens assistance tonight and that she's alright," said Battalion Chief John Peugh with the Boise Fire Department.

What Happened: Emergency responders were called at 5:26 this afternoon by a citizen who reported a woman in the New York canal near Healey Road, just south of Barber Park.

As Boise Firefighters and police rushed to help, two citizens, including one who lives nearby and one who was riding a bicycle in the area, ran and rode along the canal and were able to catch up to the woman and pull her to shore. A Boise Firefighter-paramedic was able to run along the canal road and arrive quickly on scene to provide medical aid to the woman. 

The canal is cold and swift. Rescuers had to jog and run to keep up as the woman floated down.

After the rescue, the woman, in her early 70's was conscious and alert and able to tell officers and firefighters what happened.  She says she was walking along the canal bank picking flowers when she accidentally fell in.

She was rescued near Federal Way, 1.8 miles east of where she fell in.

"She was very tired and cold, but very happy to be rescued. We're extremely thankful this turned out the way it did," said BC Peugh.