Woman asks for help then jumps into the Norwalk River
Updated 1:54 pm, Friday, April 4, 2014
NORWALK -- A woman was brought to Norwalk Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation Friday morning after police said she ran from an officer she'd asked for help and then jumped into the Norwalk River.
The 39 year-old Norwalk resident, whose name was not released, ran up to a passing Norwalk police patrol car on Wall Street shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning and asked for a ride to the hospital, said Lt. Paul Resnick, the police spokesman.
But when Officer Michael Sellas asked her what the nature of her problem was, "without warning she immediately turned and ran westbound down Wall Street, yelling "Help, Help','' Resnick said.
The officer followed her in his cruiser and radioed for assistance, Resnick said.
"The woman ran to the bridge over the Norwalk River and as the officer exited his patrol car the woman bent over the rail and threw herself over, jumping into the river below,'' the police spokesman said.
After spotting her in the water and seeing that she was conscious, Sellas jumped over the bridge railing himself, landing on dry ground near the riverbank.
Spotting the woman clinging to a rock, the officer went to the river's edge and grabbed her hand, holding onto her in the flowing current, Resnick said.
But after a few minutes the women struggled and broke free and was carried by the current to a second rock, out of Sellas' reach.
Norwalk firefighters and EMS and additonal police officers had arrived on the scene at that point, and the firefighters donned cold-water immersion suits, entered the river and pulled the woman safely to shore, Resnick said.