Woman OK after falling from Riverwalk into DuPage River

An area woman escaped serious injury Tuesday evening, after she tried to retrieve a toy and fell into the DuPage River while walking her dog along Naperville’s Riverwalk.

The unidentified woman declined to be taken to a hospital, after falling into the knee-deep water along the north bank of the Riverwalk near Main Street, Naperville Fire Department Capt. Thomas Hedberg said.

An emergency police and fire bulletin reported the mishap as occurring about 6:54 p.m. Tuesday. The incident was initially classified as a possible drowning or ice or water rescue, which brought full contingents of firefighters and police to the scene.

Hedberg said the woman, who appeared to have been in her late 20s to early 30s, was walking a Yorkshire terrier on a leash. “Basically, the dog lost a toy” that ended up in the river, “and she reached in for it and fell” into the water, Hedberg said Tuesday night.

The woman had been helped out of the river by passersby by the time firefighters and paramedics arrived, Hedberg said. She was examined on the scene, but suffered no significant injury, he said.

Hedberg added the woman declined to be treated by paramedics, and said she did not want to be taken to a hospital.

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