BOARDMAN — A Morrow County Sheriff’s deputy pulled a suicidal woman out of the Columbia River on Monday.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, dispatch received a report at 3:19 p.m. of a woman who possibly suicidal on her way to the Columbia River in Boardman.
Officers from Boardman police and the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office began looking for her, and Mike Cahill, the marine deputy for the sheriff’s office, prepared to take a patrol boat out at Sailboard Beach in Boardman.
While he was getting the boat ready, Cahill saw a woman in the water 50-75 yards offshore, swimming deeper into the river with waves swelling three to four feed and visible white caps. Cahill decided there wasn’t enough time to launch the boat and instead began swimming toward the woman.
Cahill saw the woman go underwater twice, and by the time he reached her she had been underwater for a few seconds. He got hold of her arms and told her he was a deputy and wanted to take her back to shore, and she began to try to get away.
Cahill secured the woman, and as he was bringing her back to shore she was begging him to let her go. The deputy continued to struggle to get her to shore, working against the water, wind, current and the woman.
After about 10 minutes, Cahill brought the woman into waist deep water. Boardman Police Chief Rick Stokoe and officer Martin Martinez arrived to help bring her the rest of the way to shore.