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Crews help find woman swept into river

Eight swift-water rescue workers from Gaston and Cleveland counties on Wednesday helped find a woman who'd been spotted in the rain-swollen Pigeon River in Haywood County west of Asheville.

The 28-year-old victim was found in bushes near the river bank around 11:30 a.m. and treated for scratches, according to David Teague, Haywood County public information officer.

Teague said a 911 caller reported the woman missing around 5:30 pm. Tuesday and that an eyewitness had spotted her in the river at the Old Michael Road bridge.

Between 60 and 70 rescuers combed the area until 1 a.m. when the search was called off for safety reasons, Teague said. The search resumed around 9 a.m. Wednesday and the victim was found about five miles south of where she was last seen.

Teague said it's unclear how the woman got into the river and that the case is still under investigation.

Taking part in the rescue were Brent Hager and Josh Brown with the Gaston County Emergency Medical Services; David Salter and Chris McCrackin with Cleveland County Emergency Medical Services; Richard Caroll, Keith Lowery and Bill Weaver Jr. with the Shelby City Fire Department; and Nelson Dellinger with the Shanghai Volunteer Fire Department.

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