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Water rescue conducted in Mount Jackson

A woman tripped and fell into flood waters along the Shenandoah River at Daniel Gray Drive in Mount Jackson on Friday and was swept downstream. She was later able to get to shore on her own and declined medical treatment. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, along with local law enforcement and several other regional fire and rescue companies, conducted a rescue operation Friday after a woman tripped into the North Fork River in Mount Jackson.

Bill Streett, Jr., the deputy chief of operations for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, received a call around 11:30 a.m. reporting that they saw a woman fall into the river at Daniel Gray Drive.

“From what I understand, the occupant was walking along the road there in the area where the water had gone over Daniel Gray,” Streett said. “There was a 911 caller that had reported that they had witnessed the lady had tripped and evidently fallen into the river.”

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, the Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue Department, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and the Mount Jackson Police Department responded to the call, Streett said.

The woman managed to get out of the river by herself, prior to the arrival of the swift-water rescue team, Streett said.

“She was located down the street, probably about 500 yards…from the general area of where she was last seen,” Streett said.

Streett said that she was found around 12 p.m.

After she was found, officials evaluated her for injuries. Streett said that the woman declined to be transported to a local hospital.

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