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Officer jumps in water to save woman in Fort Point Channel

Boston rescue workers removed a rescue ladder after using it to help save a woman who was in the Fort Point Channel on Friday. The woman was not identified.Bill Greene/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

A woman was rescued from the Fort Point Channel Friday afternoon by a Boston police officer who jumped into the water to save her, authorities said.

Just before 1 p.m., the officer leaped into the water near the Summer Street bridge and swam out to assist the woman who was struggling to hang onto a float.

Using a life preserver, he managed to hold her above water until three firefighters jumped in to ­assist, Boston police said.

The firefighters moved the woman to a rescue ladder off the bridge, then waited for a State Police boat to arrive, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.


“They escorted the woman to a ladder and had her there as the boat came in,” said MacDonald, adding that two of the firefighters were wearing cold water survival suits. “Then they were able to lift her onto the boat.”

The unidentified woman was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to a hospital, along with the three firefighters and police officer, MacDonald said. The emergency personnel were uninjured and have since been released.

The woman’s age and condition were not known, MacDonald said.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@globe.com.