A woman is lucky to be alive after jumping in a canal in central Bakersfield and traveling under at least two roadway underpasses on Friday, Bakersfield Police said.
Officers responded to a call of a woman illegally dumping near Sam Lynn Ballpark around 4:30 p.m.
The woman jumped in the canal when officers arrived, Sgt. Mike Gerrity said.
The Kern County Fire Department was able to locate the woman, who officials believe is a transient, in the water between 24th and 21st Streets, Sgt. Gerrity said.
The woman was able to pull herself out of the canal by a hanging rope and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said.
"She's very fortunate she was able to make it through and get to a slower-moving area where she was able to pull herself out," Sgt. Gerrity said.