Montana Woman Rescued After Car is Found Overturned in Freezing Yellowstone River

by Kayla Zadel
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A Montana woman was found inside her overturned car in the Yellowstone River on Jan. 14. She survived the incident without any major injuries.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office in Livingston shared the incident on Facebook.

Just before noon the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a vehicle upside down in the river at approximately mile…

Posted by Park County Sheriff's Office, Montana on Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Due to some very quick and heroic work by Deputies, Highway Patrol, and Paradise Valley Fire, the driver was rescued and brought to safety with no major injuries,” reads the statement by Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler. “Outstanding work by all!”

Montana Woman Quickly Rescued from Freezing River

According to People, the sheriff’s office received a call just before noon about the vehicle that was upside down in the Yellowstone River around mile marker 10 on East River Road.

Deputies with the Park County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Montana Highway Patrol and Paradise Valley Fire arrived on the scene around 18 minutes after getting the call. They quickly jumped into action to retrieve the woman. One first responder went into the river, anchored down by a rope held by two other responders. They then used a pick to break open the car’s window. As a result, the deputy was able to pull the woman from the submerged car. Both the first responder and the woman made their way back to shore.

“It was thanks to some really quick and heroic work by our deputies, the Montana Highway Patrol, and the volunteer from Paradise Valley Fire that this was a successful rescue rather than a recovery,” Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler explains. “The water’s obviously frigidly cold and fast-moving, and time was of the essence.”

The Montana woman totaled her vehicle in the crash, according to Park County Sherriff Bichler. Additionally, she was traveling alone. However, the cause of the accident has yet to come to light. The incident is currently under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol.

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