A woman who jumped off the Interstate 5 Bridge into the Columbia River remains in critical condition more than two weeks later. But her condition might have been worse, if not for a well-timed rescue.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the bridge shortly before 5 p.m. June 24. A couple walking on the Washington side of the bridge noticed a woman getting ready to jump, Vancouver Fire Capt. Dave James said. The couple attempted to pull her back but could not prevent the woman from leaping.
She remained at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in the intensive care unit Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokesman.
At the time of the jump, Ron Gray, captain of the American Empress riverboat cruise vessel — which was docked near the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, west of the bridge — was preparing for a safety drill for oncoming passengers when he heard chatter on an emergency radio.
“I kind of put an ear to it and realized they were looking for a jumper on the bridge,” Gray said.