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WPD officer saves drowning woman

Post Date:06/28/2018 11:53 AM
A woman is alive and in the hospital after a Wilmington Police Officer rescued her from nearly drowning in the Cape Fear River Thursday morning. 

Officers responded to the river around 6:15 a.m. where witnesses say they saw a woman in her 30s floating. Upon seeing the woman struggle, Officer Ben Galluppi removed his gear and jumped into the river. Using a life-saving device, he was able to reach the woman and bring her to a nearby dock. 

The Wilmington Fire Department and EMS also responded to the scene and performed CPR on the woman, who responded to treatment. After several minutes of CPR, EMS transported her to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

Her condition is unknown at this time. 
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