Woman from Houston drowns after falling into icy Chicago River

Woman from Houston drowns after falling into icy Chicago River

Credit: WBBM

Emergency crews pulled Alicia Garnett from the icy Chicago River but doctors weren't able to save her.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

CHICAGO – A young woman from Houston drowned early Tuesday after falling into the icy Chicago River.

Alicia Garnett, 30, was visiting Chicago with friends.

They were walking along the Riverwalk around 4 a.m. when Garnett apparently slipped and fell into the water near the Michigan Avenue bridge.

A passerby saw the frantic friends and called 911, according to WBBM in Chicago.

A Chicago firefighter donned cold water gear and went into the water to search for Garnett. He found her under the ice within 10 to 15 minutes, according to witnesses.

"We train to try to shave time off of these rescues," said Deputy Dist. Chief Ron Dorneker. "By the time we are called and get on the scene, the strategy has to be in place and we have to perfect a great search to save time without compromising the safety of the rescuers."

Garnett was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but doctors couldn’t save her.

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