ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) - Emergency crews rescued a woman who fell into the Missouri River in unincorporated St. Louis County near Bridgeton Wednesday night.
The woman was walking her dog along the Earth City Levee Trail when she slipped into the water near the 4200 block of Rider Trail North, according to the Pattonville Fire Protection District.
Around 8:45 p.m., she called 911 while she was clinging to the roots of a tree that extends into the river, police said. The St. Charles City Fire Department and Pattonville Fire Protection District launched rescue boats while other crews began searching the river bank on foot.
Rescue crews found the woman about 30 minutes later and were able to throw her a rope but she was unable to securely grasp it because she was cold and tired, Pattonville officials said. A rescuer from the Pattonville Fire Protection District then entered the water, grabbed the victim and swam them both back upstream, where he was able to gain footing and grasp the rope.
Due to the swift-moving current, a St. Charles City Fire Department rescue boat responded to the rescuer and woman. The duo were then assisted into the boat and taken to an awaiting warm ambulance.
The rescued woman suffered from slight hypothermia and taken to a local hospital, officials said.
No injuries were sustained by the first responders.
The dog was also rescued from the water and is reportedly safe.