(WWJ) A pregnant woman was rescued Monday night after she fell into the Detroit River near Riverside Park.
Witnesses saw the woman in the water flailing and yelling for help. The Good Samaritans tried to help the woman until officers arrived. When they did, officer Brian Gadwell and his partner Steven Rauser dove in to help her.
“I couldn’t help myself at one point. My hands stopped working, they were both froze like that,” Gadwell said. “I couldn’t squeeze my grip, nothing. I had to like wedge my arm between this like bar and like hold my other arm over it to keep it from letting loose while they tried to to get me out. And then they were having issues getting me out, so I thought at one point — I was slipping — I going to start floating down the river.”
They were assisted by the J.W. Westcott mail barge, which arrived on the scene just south of the Ambassador bridge.
The woman was pulled onto the barge and later transported to the hospital for hypothermia treatment. The baby was born by C-Section and is doing fine.
The two officers and a medic were also treated for hypothermia and all three are listed in stable condition.