Woman Survives 19 Hours In Car Submerged In Icy Pond

4:06 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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PLYMOUTH, Minn. - Police say a 67-year-old Centerville woman is being treated for frostbite after being rescued Saturday after her car drove off the road into a pond on Friday night.

Administrative Sgt. Russell Blanck says the woman had left her Centerville home around 6 p.m. Friday evening to drive to an event at the Marriot Hotel in St. Louis Park.

When she didn't arrive, her husband called authorities and filed the report. He told police that his wife suffered from a serious medical condition that requires regular medication.

The incident happened at 10th Avenue and Revere Lane in Plymouth. Sgt. Joe Gebhardt says a bicyclist was riding on a small path along 10th Avenue on Saturday morning when he noticed the car. He stopped and called 911.

The woman was taken to North Memorial. Her condition is unknown, though she was conscious and alert when paramedics rescued her. She has been transferred to HCMC.

It's been a whirlwind of emotions for Ron Breberg. His wife Nancy has been through a lot, too.

"You get pretty nervous when you're afraid you'll lose your wife," says Ron. "But she's doing as good as can be expected."

"The vehicle was on its side, was not running and all the windows were closed," said Officer Melissa Johnson with the Plymouth Police. "She was unable to exit the vehicle on her own."

The car, hidden from passing motorists, sat in the pond half submerged with Nancy hanging in her seatbelt. She hung on until a passing cyclist spotted the vehicle at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and called police.

"Somebody was watching over," says Ron. "If that guy in the bicycle doesn't stop, I don't know when we would've found her."

Nancy is now recovering from bruises and frost bite at HCMC while her husband thanks the cyclist who stopped.

"I'd like to give him one heck of a hug and thank him for being in the right place at the right time," he says. "I can't thank him enough."


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