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Woman rescued after falling through West Palm Beach drawbridge

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL– A woman is recovering from her injuries after falling through the Royal Park Bridge.
The incident occurred on April 2 as the woman was walking her bike near the bridge around 8:00 p.m.
According to the report, the 57-year-old woman was  about 3 feet from the pedestrian warning gate when the bridge began to open to allow a boat to go through.
The woman slipped through an opening in the bridge and fell about six to ten feet into the water.
She was then rescued by a fisherman who heard her cries for help around 8:30 p.m.
The fisherman called 911 and took the woman to a nearby marina.
The woman was then taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.
Authorities say they spoke to the 28-year-old bridge tender about the incident to gather information about what happened:
“It’s a fact-finding mission right now to determine exactly what happened and to ensure those safeguards were followed and make sure that the woman who fell has an accurate recollection of the events that happened,” West Palm Beach police spokesman Mike Jachles said. “Certainly, it must have been traumatic for her.”
The 57-year-old woman was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.
During a walk through of the scene, authorities recovered the woman’s bike from lower portion of the bridge.

Authorities are continuing their investigation into  the incident.