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Modesto Firefighters Rescue Woman from Canal

Modesto firefighters rescued a woman from a canal paralleling Briggsmore Avenue, reports

Witnesses reportedly saw the female, who has not been identified, fall into the canal after losing control of her bike. Witnesses told firefighters and police the cyclist was under water and she could be seen from the surface.

The rescue response brought 1 fire engine, 1 fire truck, and 1 battalion chief for a total of 8 personnel, according to the fire department.

One firefighter entered the water wearing a life jacket and helmet, while two other firefighters assisted from shore. They located her under about 3 feet of water and pulled her to the surface, the firefighter kept her head above water as he swam to the canal bank and the other firefighters helped lift her from the canal.

She was unresponsive with no pulse and not breathing. On the side of the canal, paramedics immediately began performing CPR and advanced life support.

The patient’s heart started to beat approximately 40 minutes after the rescue. Crews transported her to Memorial Medical Center in central Modesto, where she was in critical condition upon arrival.

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