Alabama firefighters rescue woman found swimming in 70-foot-high water tank

The unidentified woman broke a fence barrier in Athens and climbed a ladder to the top of the tank, which was filled with roughly 350,000 gallons of water, 当局は言った. The hatch of the tank was apparently not secure and it closed behind her after she went inside, によると Facebook post by the city.

The woman was spotted last Thursday by Doug Duran, a retired Athens police officer who lives across the street from the tank.

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Athens firefighters Hunter Campbell and Coty Collins climbed the tank and found the woman swimming inside, 投稿によると. They managed to persuade her to leave the tank and used a harness to bring her down safely.

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The woman was set to undergo a mental health evaluation, according to Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.

Firefighters rescued a woman Thursday who was found swimming in a 70-foot high water tank in Athens, アラバマ

Firefighters rescued a woman Thursday who was found swimming in a 70-foot high water tank in Athens, アラバマ (City of Athens, アラバマ (Public Relations))

We appreciate the neighbors and Mr. Duran who contacted authorities because we could have had a very different outcome,” ジョンソンは言った, according to AL.com.

Jimmy Junkin, the manager of the city’s water/wastewater department, said workers drained and sanitized the tank after the incident, レポートによると. Debris was also removed.

Junkin noted that it appears the hatch was not secure after a contractor re-painted the tank last week.

The city has clean water in its other tanks, so Junkin didn’t expect any disruption in service, 彼が追加した.

警察, 消防士, and personnel from the Athens Water Department responded to the scene.

Athens is about 25 miles northwest of Huntsville.

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