Zhubei City authorities received an emergency call at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 reporting two people had fallen from the Boai Bridge across the Douzibu River.
The two women, according to witnesses, drove a car to the Boai Bridge. According to China Times, they were arguing before one of the women jumped off the bridge into the river below. She is believed to have intended to commit suicide.
The second woman yelled out for help before diving in to save the first.
The local fire department responded to the emergency call by sending four vehicles and nine rescue workers to the scene. They arrived to find the two women conscious and with minor injuries.
There is often less than a meter of water in this part of the Douzibu River, and the river bottom is made of mud.
At approximately 9:50 p.m., firefighters entered the river and carried the two women to safety.
The fire service reported that the 43-year-old Ye had no visible injuries and that the 51-year-old Lin had a swollen left ankle.
They were sent to the Ton-Yen General Hospital in the neighbourhood.