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Teen rescued from river by Oceanside firefighters and police

A teenage girl was rescued from the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside on Wednesday night after jumping off the Douglas Bridge into the water, officials said.

Witnesses told Oceanside Firefighters they saw the girl jump off the bridge, which is about 35 feet high, into the water below around 10:15 p.m., according to a department statement. Douglas Drive Bridge is near Pala Road.

When crews arrived minutes later, they located the victim standing waist-deep in fast-moving water about 30 yards from the north bank of the river, firefighters said.

“Before whitewater crews arrived, firefighters had attached a life jacket to a lifeline and were able to throw it to the victim, who then put it on,” the battalion chief said. Oceanside Fire, Blake, in an email. Whitewater teams from the Oceanside Lifeguard Division and Cal Fire continued the search effort and helped pull the girl out of the water, he said.

Rescuers were concerned about the effects of the cold and she was transported by paramedics to a local hospital for medical treatment and warming measures, according to the department.

Editor Karen Kucher contributed to this report.

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