Woman rescued from Intracoastal waterway

Woman rescued from Intracoastal waterway

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More than half a dozen West Palm Beach Fire Rescue workers pulled  a woman out of the Intracoastal waterway.

The good Samaritans who first spotted her in the water, watched the rescue from a distance.

Just after 11 a.m., Sunil Joshi and his family went for their daily walk along Flager Drive. But they noticed something they had never seen before in the Intracoastal.

"When we came out, we see someone was swimming in the water and we were surprised," said Sunil Joshi.

They tried talking to the woman as they walked close to the sea wall.

"They kept on floating and floating and a couple of the other bystanders came in and they tried to talking to her and no response. So that's when we got worried and called 9-1-1,"  Vidhi Joshi said.

"She did finally speak to us and we were able to coax her toward our ladder and finally made that happen," said Battalion Chief Jose Montero with West Palm Beach Fire Rescue.

Though fire rescue did not tell WPTV the circumstances or her identity, the Joshi family is glad they called for help.

"Who knows what's in the water. Something can happen. That's why it's our duty as a citizen to protect each other,"Sunil.

We're told the woman was not injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation.

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