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Firefighters rescue woman stuck 22 feet above river on bridge


Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

A woman dangling from a draw bridge 22 feet above a Fort Lauderdale river was rescued Saturday morning by firefighters, hours after she participated in a cancer walk.

Fort Lauderdale officials said 55-year-old Wanda McGowan was walking across the New River railroad draw bridge when it began to open.

Witnesses called 911 to report that the woman was stuck with the bridge in the upright position.

The bridge is controlled remotely in Tallahassee.

McGowan held on to the bridge for about 20 minutes until firefighters responded and rescued her using a 24-foot ladder. She was not injured.

McGowan was wearing a pink shirt. She told authorities she had taken part in the breast cancer awareness walk that morning.

It was not clear why she was on the bridge because pedestrians are not allowed on it and “no trespassing” signs are posted.

 

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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