Deputy rescues suicidal woman from Molalla River

MOLALLA, Ore. - A sheriff's deputy saved a suicidal woman's life after she jumped into the Molalla River Tuesday night.

According to Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Bryon O'Neil, a concerned mother called the sheriff's office and said her 48-year-old daughter told her she was going to kill herself by jumping into the Molalla River.

Deputy Corey Saffer spotted the woman's vehicle about 20 minutes later parked at Wagon Wheel Park north of Molalla. Saffer heard a noise near the river and arrived in time to see her jump into the water, O'Neil said.

Saffer called for help and ran down the bank to keep up with the woman when he spotted her clinging to some trees at the edge of the river.

A Molalla police officer arrived and got some rope out of Saffer's patrol car. They looped the rope around the woman's body and held onto her until a rescue crew arrived. Saffer continued to talk to her while they waited, and she told him that she did not want to die anymore, O'Neil said.

Rescue crews pulled her out of the river and took her to Portland Adventist Hospital. Her condition is unknown.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by calling 800-273-TALK (8255).