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Tragic ending avoided after couple saved from Nicola River

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May 21, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Merritt RCMP are commending the instincts of a concerned man after his suicidal girlfriend jumped into the Nicola River Friday morning.

A 47-year-old woman was pulled from the water alive with the help of RCMP on May 17 after her 49-year-old boyfriend reported her threatening to jump into the river around 10:30 a.m. that morning.

Merritt RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore said it was good premptive thinking on behalf of the man because just before police arrived on scene, the woman followed through on her threats and jumped into the river.

"He was preventative," Dunsmore said.

Her boyfriend followed her into the water and the pair of Mounties - equipped with lifejackets - arrived on scene. One jumped in after the couple as the other utilized a throw rope to tow them all back to safety.

""The guys rushed right down and got there right as it happened," Dunsmore said.

The couple and RCMP member arrived on shore with no injuries.

The woman was taken to hospital to be assessed for medical treatment.

RCMP attribute the man's quick response to the situation to preventing what could have been a 'tragic ending.'

To contact a reporter for this story, email: or call (250) 319-7494.

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