Firefighters Rescue Woman From Water at Church Street

A woman fell between the rocks at the lakefront and got stuck in the water Thursday morning. Firefighters rescued her and took her to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

Evanston firefighters rescued a woman from the water Thursday morning after she got stuck between the rocks near the Church Street boat ramp area.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was walking along the rocks around 7 a.m. when she fell into the water, according to the fire department.

"Somehow she slipped, fell and got caught between the rocks," explained Division Chief Dwight Hohl. 

Some people walking their dogs along the breakwall spotted her struggling and called 9-11. Evanston firefighters sent the department's personal watercraft team to extricate her from the water, according to the fire department.

The woman was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment.

"She was fine, except this time of the year, with the water being cold, a little hypothermia was setting in," Hohl said. "I think she’s going to be alright."

John Anon November 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I'm perplexed on how to respond. I have the utmost respect for our fire fighters and police who have an extremely difficult and dangerous job to do with far too little compensation, attention and thanks. However, having witnessed the incident, I can't imagine why the information would be so inaccurate. First, the incident happened at the Dempster boat beach (not Church), along the breakwater and its jagged and extremely dangerous rocks (she was probably not just out "walking"). Second, the water team, as impressive as they are, did not extricate this woman. Rather, an Evanston resident and a police officer extracted the woman from the rocks that wedged her neck deep in water while most of the water team - busy launching a wave runner - arrived only after the woman was already being moved to shore. I want to compliment our department for having these fabulous resources, though the emphasis here seemed to be using the toys instead of more readily available resources (such as the dozen fire and police personnel already on-site along with the two good Samaritans who had already secured the woman's situation) as well as the chest thumping over the use of this team. The truth would have been sufficient to report here, not an embellished story to tout the resources of the water team (which appear to have been packed away for the season). I would never want to minimize the fine work of these men and woman though I also have difficulty allowing misreporting to go unchecked.
Jennifer Fisher November 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM
John, thanks for sharing what you saw. I will double check the location with the fire department.


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