Lewis County crews rescued a 47-year-old woman clinging to a tree in the Cowlitz River on Wednesday night. She was not seriously injured.
Emergency crews were called to an area upstream from the Blue Creek boat launch near Spencer and Brim roads, several miles upstream from Toledo, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A man fishing heard a woman calling for help and found her in the river clinging to a tree branch. Due to swift water he wasn’t able to rescue her, but she was able to pull herself out of the water by holding onto the branch. Crews from Lewis County fire districts 2 and 5 responded with sheriff’s deputies. The fire crews were able to float down to the woman and rescue her.
Jeanine McDaniel, of Fife, Wash., was taken to Providence Hospital in Centralia for minor abrasions and possible hypothermia and has since been released. The investigation continues, officials said.