BOISE – A southeast Boise neighborhood came together Sunday evening to rescue a woman who fell into the New York Canal and was calling for help.
According to the Boise Fire Department, firefighters and police officers were on scene quickly after a citizen called to report a woman in the canal just before 5:25 Sunday afternoon.
Officials are thanking two citizens, including an 18-year-old Timberline High School student who was able to rescue the woman.
Clay Kenyon was alerted by a man as he was riding his bicycle in a neighborhood near Federal Way, near Healey Road, just south of Barber Park.
He said the man called to him to help and then Kenyon also heard the woman floating along the canal and yelling for help.
Kenyon is a member of the Timberline High School swim team, and grabbed the man’s flotation device and got into the water.
“I just did what I do best, which is swim,” said Kenyon.
The canal is cold and swift.
“I got to her and I handed her the noodle and I just told her to remain calm and I started to just do a side stroke and just gently pulled her toward the side where everyone else was,” said Kenyon.
Rescuers had to jog and run to keep up as the woman, in her 70’s floated down.
"She had a strong will to survive. It took all her strength to stay afloat in the cold, fast moving water. We are very thankful for the citizen’s assistance tonight and that she's alright," said Battalion Chief John Peugh with the Boise Fire Department.
The woman has been taken to the hospital as a precaution, but first responders on scene say it looks like she's going to be okay.