Woman pulled from Kanawha River after fleeing from hospital

Emergency crews pull a woman from the Kanawha River Saturday afternoon. (WCHS/WVAH)

Charleston police and firefighters combined their efforts Saturday afternoon to help a woman who jumped into the Kanawha River.

Police said the woman was at the hospital because she was having suicidal thoughts.

She left the hospital trying to get away from police and that's when she jumped into the river.

Charleston police and several fire stations responded and paramedics were on standby in case she went under the water.

The woman appeared to not want to be rescued, swimming away from the rescue boat when it got close to her.

Sgt. Robert Henderson said while the woman did not appear to be in immediate danger, they worked quickly and efficiently to bring her back to land.

"We take that very seriously, obviously people that are in that state of mind are not thinking clearly and they need help so we're going to do everything they can to get the help that they need so we take that very seriously,” Henderson said.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a firefighter jumped in the river and was able to pull the woman to the boat and she was taken back to land and transported to the hospital.

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