OGDEN -- A Roy woman is alive and well thanks to two teenagers and a police officer who rescued her from the Ogden River.
A van of teenagers was driving by 500 Park Blvd. around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. They came to a stop when they saw that Ruthann Hall, 50, had fallen in. Someone yelled "Stop" because "somebody is in the river, a lady holding onto a branch," Ogden police Lt. Eric Young said.
"I was screaming for my life," Hall said.
She had fallen in about 50 yards farther up the river. She had been checking out the high water, got too close and fell in, Young said. Her husband, who was with her, could not help her and was only able to follow her in his car as she floated downriver, he said.
"The river was so strong that I could not hang onto that tree trunk," Hall said.
Two teenagers, 15 and 16, jumped out to help her. The boys grabbed hold of her to keep her from floating farther downriver, Young said.
Ogden Police Officer Jim Gent was also driving by the scene when he saw the commotion. He hopped out of his car, ran down to the river bank and pulled her to safety.
"He saved my life," Hall said.
Hall was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital because she felt very cold and could have been showing symptoms of hypothermia, though she ended up being released and is expected to be fine, Young said.
Young warns that the Ogden River is "very dangerous and flowing very high" with a lot of debris flowing through it, and said everyone should keep a safe distance from it.
The police department will definitely be nominating the boys for some type of award for their heroism, Young said.
"You can't not feel good helping somebody in distress like that," Gent said.