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Officers pull distraught woman from the Niagara River

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Jun 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-11 13:44:22-04

City of Tonawanda Police say they pulled a woman from the Niagara River Saturday night after receiving multiple reports of a woman in the water.

Police say several people reported she was 50 feet off the shore of Niawanda Park and was still in the water about three feet from the rocky shore by the time they arrived.

Officers say the woman, a 49-year-old from the City of Tonawanda, refused to come out of the water and was out of breath and struggling.

Lieutenant Scott Sheehan and Officers Thomas Harmon, Matthew Wark and Eric Foels climbed the rocky shoreline and brought her out of the water.

Officers say she refused to comply and appeared intoxicated. They say she began to yell and scream when she got to shore.

The woman was taken to DeGraff Hospital under mental hygiene laws, according to officials.