Rescuers in Madison County on Tuesday evening saved a woman who was pinned for nearly four and a half hours against the pillar of a bridge on the Jefferson River.
The victim, Kelly Keller, of Whitehall, was reportedly in good condition after being pulled from the water around 6 p.m. She was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by Air Summit Ambulance, according to a Madison County Sheriff's Office news release.
First responders were called to the scene around 1:45 p.m., according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
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The river was about six feet deep and fairly swift, said Dave Schenk, Madison County sheriff.
During the rescue, a wrecker was on the scene, allowing a cable to be lowered to the woman, Schenk said.
Rescuers were able to lower hot water to the woman to help stave off hypothermia, he said.
“We’re just so happy we threw everything at it because we knew it could be serious,” he said.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Search and Rescue, Madison County 911 Center, Twin Bridges Quick Response Unit, the Twin Bridges Fire Department, Ruby Valley Ambulance, Beaverhead County Swift Water Rescue Team, Summit Air Ambulance, the Gallatin County Dive/Rescue Team, the U.S. Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department were all involved in the rescue efforts, according to the news release.