Woman rescued from river in Oil City

A woman was rescued from the Allegheny River along Colbert Avenue in the Siverly neighborhood of Oil City shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“We have a female, for which we are unsure why, walked into the river,” Oil City police Chief Bob Wenner said. “She was recovered in the water.”

Clothing was found near the intersection of River Street and Wabash Avenue, where she is believed to have entered the river. She was reported to have been combative with rescue workers.

Stephen Udick, who made the 911 call, was fishing in the area at the time of the incident. As he was walking back to his vehicle, he heard screaming.

“I’m walking along the tracks, and I hear something,” Udick said. “I look out there and I see something pink in the river. Then I hear ‘help me, help me.'”

Oil City police were assisted by the Oil City Fire Department.

“She appears to be OK right now,” Wenner said. “We’re in the process of making a determination of her motive for doing such a reckless thing.”