Missing Woman Miraculously Found Alive in Jeep That Sank 40 Feet Away From Boat Ramp
Retrieval turns into rescue.
A missing East Texas woman was found alive in a Jeep that sank into a lake mere feet from a boat ramp. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said on Friday, April 7, a fisherman spotted the Jeep in Lake o' the Pines in the eastern part of the state. He reported it to authorities, noting it was about 40 feet from shore. When police and a local towing company arrived at the scene, they were amazed at what they found.
Retrieval Turns Into Rescue
As the Jeep was being readied for removal from the lake, it was discovered a person was still in the vehicle and moving, the sheriff's office said in its post. "With the assistance of the wrecker service, fisherman, and Marion County deputies, a female was safely rescued from the submerged Jeep," they said. Photos accompanying show the Jeep nearly submerged, with only a small portion of its roof above the water.
Rescued Woman Reported As Missing
After the fisherman and tow-truck driver helped get the woman out of the vehicle, they pulled her into the fishing boat. On shore, she was put in a car to keep her warm while deputies called for an ambulance, NPR reported. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to a local hospital. "During the incident, it was determined the woman was listed as a missing person from the Longview Texas Police Department," the sheriff's office said on Facebook.
Mystery, Few Details Surround Case
The woman had been reported missing just hours earlier—at 12:35 a.m. on Friday—police in Longview, a town about 24 miles south-southwest of the lake, told NPR. Officials have not said how long the Jeep may have been in the water or when they suspect it went under. "Given the details of this case, we are unable to release any information at this time," Melissa Dobbs, records administrator at the Longview Police Department, told NPR. The sheriff's department had not responded to requests for comment as of Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.
Nothing Suspicious Is Evident, Deputy Says
But one investigator told NPR they haven't turned up anything suspicious about how the Jeep ended up in the lake. The boat ramp the vehicle apparently followed into the water sits after a slight curve from a long, straight rural road. "There was nothing uncovered during the investigation to suggest this case was anything more than an accident," Capt. Chuck Rogers, an investigator at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, told the news outlet.
Social Media Responds
When news of the rescue was shared on the Marion County Sheriff's Facebook page, the post attracted more than 750 comments, with several of the respondents remarking that the recovery happened on Good Friday. "What are the chances of them finding a car 40 ft underwater? Then what are the chances there was an air pocket big enough to last who knows how long? Then what are the chances that the police promptly respond to a car under water? This is just a miracle," one woman wrote. "That's pretty awesome she survived and that rescue workers could get to her in time," said another. "Wow! This is just mind boggling. I sure hope we get to hear more on this story," another commenter wrote. "Glad she's ok…but so many questions," said another.