Woman Pulled from Chicago River Near Orleans Street Bridge

Woman was listed in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as of 5 a.m.

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    Officials say a woman who was pulled from the Chicago River near the Orleans Street Bridge early Friday morning was trying to commit suicide. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports for the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on May 2, 2014.

    A woman was pulled from the Chicago River near the Orleans Street Bridge early Friday morning.

    The 79-year-old woman was reported in the water just before 1 a.m., fire officials said. Crews were at the scene in about two minutes.

    Video from the rescue shows the woman's head just above the surface of the water as Jaime Delgado, a rescue diver for the Chicago Fire Department, calmly swam out to her, hooked his arm under her and swam back to shore.

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    Fire officials said woman was reported in the water near the Orleans Street bridge just before 1 a.m.

    "She was about in the center [of the river]," Delgado said, adding that the woman did not say anything when he swam out to her.

    Ken Fryer, a copy editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, was walking across the bridge after leaving work at 350 N. Orleans when he heard several people calling for help. He broke the glass of a life preserver on the north side of the river and another person threw it out to the woman.

    "Thank God they came here because I don't think she had much left," said witness Ken Fryer. "The fire department came and the guy grabbed her. It was scary."

    The woman was able to climb a ladder to street level and get into an ambulance. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was listed in good condition.

    Police told NBC Chicago the woman was in the water trying to take her own life.

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