Screams under bridge: Woman dangles 60 ft over river


Officials said a fall from that height could have been fatal

A photo showing the cabled sign hanging from the Bryant Bridge in Albany, July 11, 2019. (Albany Fire Dept.)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Albany firefighters rescued a woman who was clinging to a sign suspended 60 feet above the Calapooia River.

Police officers got a 911 call just before 1 a.m. on Thursday. The caller said a woman was screaming underneath the Bryant Way Bridge in the 800 block of Southwest Bryant Way.

When emergency crews got to the bridge, they found the 47-year-old woman hanging over the river by 2 braided metal cables connected to a metal spillway sign. Authorities said a fall from that height could have been fatal since the river was low and large rocks were exposed.

Police talked to the woman for about an hour while firefighters formulated a rescue plan. One firefighter was lowered to the woman and he strapped her to his own rigging before they were both lifted to safety.

The woman was medically evaluated at the scene and questioned by officers.

It’s unclear what led to her predicament.

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