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RPD Finds Woman Nowhere Near The River Several Hours After Rescue Attempt

A multi-agency effort kept searching for a woman in the Sacramento River Sunday night, only to learn later that she had safely made it out without telling anyone. Just before 10PM there were reports of a man and woman on a raft yelling for help near the Bonnyview Boat Ramp. A sheriff’s deputy got there in time to see the raft floating to an island, where the man and women disembarked. The deputy used his loudspeaker to tell the two to wait there for help as boating safety deputies were responding with a boat. The pair apparently became impatient and tried to cross the river toward the eastern bank. Both had life jackets on. Arriving boating deputies and a CHP helicopter found the man, Michael Madison, clinging to something near the shore and they rescued him. He was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene. His friend, Jennifer Lecompte, was nowhere to be found and Madison said he had lost sight of her while they were crossing. Boating deputies and the CHP helicopter continued their search for Lecompte. At 1:26AM Redding Police found her near Cypress and Bechelli, and she confirmed she had been the woman in the river yelling for help.