WPD: Officer saves drowning woman in Cape Fear River

Cape Fear River (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman is alive and in the hospital after a Wilmington Police officer rescued her from nearly drowning in the Cape Fear River Thursday morning.

Police say officers responded to the river around 6:15 a.m. where witnesses say they saw a woman in her 30s floating.

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After seeing the woman struggle, WPD says Officer Ben Galluppi removed his gear and jumped into to help. Using a life-saving device, he was able to reach the woman and bring her to a nearby dock.

The Wilmington Fire Department and EMS also responded to the scene and performed CPR. After several minutes of it, EMS transported her to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Her condition is unknown at this time.