Missouri River flood waters in August 2011.

(Photo by Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT/Sipa USA)

Woman saved after falling into Missouri River near St. Louis

She clung to tree roots until rescuers arrived. 

March 14, 2019 - 6:01 pm

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - A woman is recovering from hypothermia after spending more than a half-hour in the Missouri River, clinging to tree roots until rescuers arrived. 

The unidentified woman was walking her dog in a suburban St. Louis park Wednesday night when she slipped off a bank and couldn't get back to safety. She used her cellphone to call 911. 

Rescuers had trouble pinpointing her location. They finally found her nearly a half-hour later. 

A firefighter had to go into the water to grab the woman. She clung to him as he swam upstream until a colleague tossed a rope. A rescue boat then arrived to take the firefighter and the woman back to shore. 

The woman's dog also was found muddy and wet but otherwise OK.