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Deputy pulls woman from cold Sandy River

A sheriff's deputy waded into the Sandy River and rescued a woman who'd jumped into the water.

The 57-year-old woman identified as Debbie Everett was with her caregiver April Newton who reported to police that Everett jumped out of Newton's vehicle when it stopped, ran to the river and jumped in near Shirley's Tippy Canoe Restaurant, in the 28200 block of East Historic Columbia River Highway, in Troutdale at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, said Lt. Steve Alexander, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Troutdale police, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol, patrol deputies and a sergeant immediately responded to the area.

Officers with the Troutdale Police Department saw the woman floating down the river, but could not retrieve her from where they were.

But sheriff's office Sgt. Greg Lange was north of where Troutdale officers saw the woman. He stopped his patrol vehicle in the 1800 block of East Columbia River Highway, ran down to the riverbank and spotted the woman floating toward him.

Lange then waded a few yards into the river, pulled the woman out of the water and walked her up the bank to the East Columbia River Highway, where paramedics transported her to a hospital for treatment.

The woman was cold and confused, but otherwise unharmed, Alexander said.

She floated a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile in water that was in the 50-degree range before being rescued, Alexander said.

'So luckily they got her out at the point where they did,' Alexander said.

She also told the sergeant who fished her out of the river she 'went for a swim.'