Hero saves woman from icy river, disappears - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hero saves woman from icy river, disappears


A 50-year-old woman from Danielson is recovering after a terrifying ordeal.

She fell into an icy river in Danielson but was pulled to safety. Now the victim's son is trying to track down a young woman he feels helped his mother make it out of the cold water alive.

Brian Brown doesn't exactly know how his mother ended up in the frigid waters off the Quinebaug River but wants to find the woman that saved her life.

"She doesn't really remember what happened, but she ended up falling into the water," Brown said. "I'd just like to thank the woman who went into the water after my mom."

It was along a footbridge in Danielson where Brown said he believes his mother Theresa, who sometimes suffers from seizures, got disoriented, walked down the embankment and fell into the icy waters of the Five-Mile River, a tributary of the Quinebaug River.

"I could hear screaming," said Tracy Harper.

It was dark and cold and Brown said his mother isn't a strong swimmer and is blind in one eye. Harper lives nearby and heard the commotion and ran over to find Theresa 30 to 40 feet offshore, gasping for air and going underneath the water.

"I was yelling, 'hold on, hold on,'" Harper said.

Connecticut State Police troopers had arrived by that point.

"Then [out of] nowhere, this girl just said, 'I can't just stand here and watch this anymore,'" Harper said. "Then she crossed the ice and got onto her belly and the trooper came in too and she really reached the woman. She was tired."

That unknown woman Harper said make a quick move helping the unconscious woman to shore.

"She reached her, grabbed her and then the state trooper came on the other side and then she just swam away," Harper said.

That's when she vanished.

"I have no idea [who this woman is]," Harper said.

Now the search is on for the heroic woman that saved Brian's mother.

"I really want to thank you for doing what you did," Brown said to the mystery woman. "It takes a real big heart and someone special to do something like that."

If you're the mystery woman, or you think you know who the woman is, give the Channel 3 Eyewitness News newsroom a call, drop us an email or send us a message on Facebook.

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