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BODYCAM: Woman Saved By Police After Falling Over Ledge

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A woman was saved from falling 40 feet off the top of a parking deck by police during an incident Sunday morning. Wrightsville Beach Police Department officers were summoned to the Shell Island resort shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 28 after being notified by a security officer of a woman behaving suspiciously while walking the parking deck, according to a release.

When they arrived, the woman seemed apprehensive to trust the first officer to make contact, identified as Sgt. J. Rich. When he approached her, she rolled over the side wall of the top level of the deck. In body cam footage released by WBPD, Rich can be seen walking over to check on her, only to notice she was holding her weight and dangling from the deck. A woman can be heard in the distance yelling for police to help the woman.

According to the release and the video, Rich grabs her arms as she looses her grip and calls for help from a security guard and fellow WBPD officer J. Deal, both of whom assisted within seconds to pull the woman back over the ledge. Emergency services were dispatched to evaluate the woman, who was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She has not been identified.

In a statement, WBPD Chief Dave Squires commended the work of the three men in saving the woman’s life. “WBPD appreciates the good work of the security team at Shell Island Resort and we certainly appreciate the work of all three involved to save a life,” he stated. The release further stated the efforts of the three men would be formally recognized “following an established process.”

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