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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer woman fell in the Willamette River and may not have survived the night had Salem Police officers not found her early Thursday morning.

Friends of a 29-year-old woman were alarmed after she sent them a text message Tuesday night saying she fell in the water at Keizer Rapids Park and was “cold and lost” after she got out of the river, according to Keizer Police Sgt. Jeffrey Goodman.

She lost contact with her friends at about 10:07 p.m. when her cell battery died, friends told police. They drove to the park and alerted caretaker Shane Witham, who called Keizer Police.

Two Salem Police officers, Jared Noack and Richard Beal, found the woman lying near the river in the park at about 2:11 a.m. Goodman said she was “barely conscious and it was believed she would not have survived the rest of the night out in the elements if she had not been found by the officers.”

She was transported in a Polk County Marine Patrol boat to Wallace Marine Park and was treated for hypothermia, but refused hospital transportation.

Along with Salem and Keizer police, the Keizer Fire District, Marion County and Polk County sheriffs’ offices helped in the search.