Off-duty Marietta officer jumps into river to rescue drowning woman

MARIETTA, Ga. — An off-duty Marietta police officer’s date night didn’t quite go as planned over the weekend.

Officer Ryan Smith noticed a woman who had fallen out of her raft in the river outside Canoe Restaurant Saturday night. Smith and a restaurant employee jumped into the river to save the woman from drowning.

Smith’s girlfriend was able to capture a short video showing him swimming out to rescue the woman holding tight to her sinking raft.

Luckily, Smith and the restaurant employee were able to bring the woman to safety.

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Officials with the Marietta Police Department say this is a reminder that whether the badge is on or off, “those committed to helping others are always ‘on duty.’”

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