By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 13, 2017
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- A woman is recovering after falling into the water near the St. George Island Bridge.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened early Sunday morning.
Deputies say a family from Georgia was fishing on the south side of the bridge when a woman in the group fell into the water. Officials say she was fishing from the sea wall when she lost her balance and fell off the wall into the cold water.
The woman reportedly could not swim and was struggling to hold on.
FCSO Deputy Wesley Creamer arrived on scene and jumped into the water to help the woman.
Officials say a local man, Bob Shiver, held onto the woman's arms until St. George Island Fire and Rescue arrived and threw a rope to hoist her up the wall to safety.
Captain Thomas Webb was also on scene to assist and get the woman safely onto land.
The Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post on the rescue, "A huge shout out to these men for all of their diligence in saving this woman this morning. The water was cold and barnacles were covering the sea wall making it hard to grab hold without being further harmed. The water was too deep to touch bottom and with nothing to grab, a very scary situation. This is a reminder to all those fishing from the sea wall areas, to not go behind the rails to fish closer to the water. It is very dangerous to fish off of the wall without any means to climb back to safety. The area is covered with barnacles and rocks, which make it difficult to get back on solid ground. There is also quite a current running through this area under the bridge. Fortunately, today was a good day and all involved are safe."