Woman escapes Mississippi River near edge of dam

June 09, 2019 10:21 PM

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a woman made it out of the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon after an emergency response.

The woman got out of the water along the east bank of the river near the University of Minnesota Southeast Steamplant on 6th Avenue Southeast at around 2:30 p.m.


She escaped just before going over a nearby dam, Minnesota Department of Transportation video shows. The video shows an emergency responder and a person who appears to be a civilian help her to her feet and off the rocky bank where she made it out of the water. 

Details as to how she got into the water were not available Sunday afternoon, but emergency personnel originally responded to a report of a her treading water near the Stone Arch Bridge Sunday. 

Incidents of this nature, according to those familiar with that stretch of river, are not as uncommon as one might think.

 "It's kind of crazy because it happens quite a bit," one man who works nearby said. "There's been quite a few people that have either jumped or fell in. It's great she made it, luckly." 

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