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Distraught woman pulled from river by Tonawanda cops

Four City of Tonawanda police officers climbed down a rocky Niagara River shoreline Saturday evening to rescue a distraught woman who refused to come out the water.

The department received multiple reports of a woman in the river, about 50 feet off shore of Niawanda Park around 7 p.m. Upon arriving, officers found the woman still in the water, about 3 feet from the rocky shore, but refusing to come out of the water, out of breath and struggling, according to Capt. Frederic Foels.

Lt. Scott Sheehan and Officers Thomas Harmon, Matthew Wark and Eric Foels climbed down the rocky shoreline and brought her out of the water onto the park. The 49-year-old City of Tonawanda woman refused to comply with officers, appeared intoxicated and began to yell and scream once she was on shore, Foels said. She was transported to DeGraff Memorial Hospital under mental hygiene laws, he said.

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