A police officer (illustration). - C. Girardon / 20 Minutes
Two young women were rescued from drowning by the police in Alençon (Orne), Friday, reports France Info from police sources. They intervened in the evening after receiving a call for help shortly before midnight.
Three police cars were dispatched to assist them. When they arrived, the first young woman was almost entirely immersed in the water of the Sarthe river. She clung to a branch so as not to be dragged by the current. The other young woman - her twin sister - had tried to help her before help arrived, but also slipped into the water.
Seven police officers make a human chain
Two of the police officers present then attempted to approach them and immersed themselves. Faced with the difficulty of this operation, five other agents then formed a human chain to rescue the second fallen woman and their colleagues, in difficulty.
Once it could be made safe by the agents, they then reformed a chain to assist the first young woman who was still in the river. "They took their courage in both hands (...), the ground was very slippery," said a commander, about the police.
The one who was last saved suffered from hypothermia. They were both taken care of by the Alençon hospital. Shocked, however, they emerged unscathed.
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