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Passersby rescue girl from Washington river

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WASHINGTON (WHDH) - Hilda Navarro was walking a trail near the Anacostia river when she heard a girl screaming.

"Until they said 'Help! Help!' And it saw the girl drown down. And that's when my son said, 'Oh mom she's drowning,'" Navarro said.

The river was running high and fast.

"This child could have been swept downstream much further than she did," said Captain Roland Berg of Prince George's County Fire EMS.

Navarro heard the screaming but couldn't leave her young son, so she yelled for a man riding a bike.

"He's very brave, he's very brave. So he jumped in, but before he got to the water, he got to the rocks. He cut all of his hand, scraped across his chest. That's when he said 'I can't, I can't!'" she said.

Then, Jason Torres stopped his car. He said the girl was already being swept under the bridge, and that he didn't think--he just jumped in and grabbed her. At that point, she was not conscious.

"He's like 'she's without life.' So I tell him 'bring her, bring her I know CPR.' So we started giving her CPR and she started throwing up all that water that she drank," Navarro said.

The girl was sitting up when EMS arrived.

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