U rower, coaches pull injured woman out of Mississippi River

by Tyler Gieseke

Two college rowers and two University of Minnesota rowing coaches rescued an injured woman from the Mississippi River early Wednesday.

The woman, who was conscious, was trapped in some trees near the shoreline of the Mississippi when her rescuers spotted her and pulled her out of the water at about 7:15 a.m., the Star Tribune reported.

University of Minnesota student Emily Stock and Harvard University student Emily Johansen assisted the woman, along with University of Minnesota Head Coach Wendy Davis and Assistant Peter Morgan, according to the Tribune.

The woman is from Minneapolis, but the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office didn't release her name, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The rescuers, who delivered the woman to emergency medical personnel after removing her from the river, had difficulty estimating her age because she was a purplish-blue color from the cold water, the Tribune reported.

The woman said she had broken her leg and potentially some ribs, the Tribune reported, adding that she said she fell into the river near the Weisman Art Museum, which is about three miles upstream from where her rescuers found her.

“I can’t imagine her lasting much longer,” Morgan told the Tribune. “There are not many people on the river. We are very thankful we were there.”