Emergency crews rescue woman injured after jumping from River Road Bridge above James River

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 5:16 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Emergency crews rescued a woman who injured herself jumping from the River Road Bridge above the James River near Lake Springfield.

First responders received the call around 4 p.m. Monday and arrived on the scene around 4:15p.m.

They say the woman hurt her back when she landed in the water. She could not swim back to shore because of her injuries. Rescuers transported her to a local hospital.

Despite the “No Swimming” signs posted people still choose to abuse the warning resulting in accidents like these.

KY3 reached out to the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District on tips on how to stay safe when swimming in rivers and learned why you should not jump from high points.

“We will respond to several different incidents of people jumping off of bridges or even out of boats,” said Travis Trent with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District. “We advise not to do it at all because the water is so dense if you jump from high points a lot of trauma can happen.”

The Fire Protection District advises if you decide to take the risk to always wear a flotation device because you never know what is underneath the water.

“When it rains debris will collect so if you make the jump you never know what could be under you and it’s not safe,” said Trent.

KY3 will post updates on the woman’s current condition once we find out more.

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