TAMPA — A young woman was rescued from the Hillsborough River after possibly being in the water for about 3 1/2 hours, according to Fire Rescue.
Nicole Lynnette Martinez, 29, was rescued just after 8 a.m.
Tampa police Officer Julio Martinez spotted the woman floating toward Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the department said. He threw a rope to her and began pulling her toward shore.
Firefighters showed up and used a 14-foot ladder to climb down and rescue her. Martinez was incoherent when she was pulled from the river.
She was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she was being treated for hypothermia.
It was unclear how she ended up in the water and why she was unable to get out.
The investigation was ongoing.