Coast Guard rescues woman from Missouri River

Coast Guard Cutter GasconadeOMAHA, Neb. – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Gasconade rescued a woman from the Missouri River near the I-680 Bridge, Monday.

While at homeport, a crewman working late to mow the grass heard screaming and saw the woman floating down the river.

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Avery, the Executive Petty Officer, and Petty Officer 1st Class Austin West had the cutter’s small boat in the water to save the woman less than ten minutes after spotting her.

The boat crew located the woman approximately 500 yards down river from the bridge, nearly submerged, unconscious. She began breathing after crewmembers lifted her head out of the water.

The woman was transferred to the Omaha Fire Department’s boat and brought to Douglas County EMS waiting on shore.

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