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Woman and her dogs rescued from Kelso river

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

A Kelso woman is counting her blessings after she was rescued from the Coweeman River, along with her two dogs.

Fire officials said D.D. Sieglitz and her two dogs fell into the Kelso river on Sunday and were stuck clinging to an embankment for about 30 minutes before they were rescued.

The incident happened near Tam O'Shanter Park, which is a popular spot to joggers and for dogs.

Firefighters said Sieglitz was trying to save one of her dogs that fell into the river. Somehow, Sieglitz and her other dog then fell in, trapping all three of them in the cold water.

Firefighters said the river water is very cold, putting anyone at risk of hypothermia after just 10 minutes of exposure.

"She was pretty fortunate that when she was holding on to the dog and the embankment, that she was able to signal to a neighbor across the river who saw her," said Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue firefighter Bryan Ditterick. "I mean, what are the odds of that?"

Sieglitz and one of her dogs were pulled safely from the water.

Sieglitz was numb from the waist down for a while, but she did not need to go to the hospital. Emergency crews were initially not able to find her other dog.

Instead of going to the hospital, fire officials said, Sieglitz came back with her neighbor's boat.

In a stroke of good luck, two hours later, Sieglitz and her neighbors found the other dog clinging onto some nearby briar bushes, and they were able to save it too.

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