ILWACO, Wash. - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 23-year-old woman from a navigational channel on the Columbia River by Ilwaco, Wash., Saturday night when she attempted to swim to shore after being stranded on an island.

The 52-foot motor lifeboat Triumph, from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Wash., was conducting training when the crew discovered the woman treading water near Sand Island.

She was attempting to swim to the Coast Guard docks when she was caught in the Columbia's strong current that pulled her about 650 yards out toward the mouth of the channel.

The crew pulled the woman into the vessel and began treating her for hypothermia. The Triumph returned to the station and transferred her to awaiting medical technicians. She was then taken to a local hospital for further treatment.


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