Woman rescued from submerged vehicle in fair condition
By Staff Report
Posted December 2, 2009 at 1:45 p.m. , updated December 2, 2009 at 1:45 p.m.
A 27-year-old Evansville woman who was revived by firefighters after being pulled from a truck submerged in the Ohio River Tuesday night is listed in fair condition this afternoon.
Rose Marshall was lifeless when crews broke out the passenger side window of her late-model pickup truck and pulled her to the surface at Dress Plaza about 11 p.m.
Evansville Fire Department Spokesman Dan Grimm said in a statement that Marshall started coughing up water and regained consciousness as firefighters began resuscitation efforts on the department boat.
She was talking by the time crews arrived back at the boat ramp, Grimm said. Marshall was then taken to Deaconess Hospital, where she remained Wednesday afternoon.
It was not immediately clear how Marshall's truck ended up in the river.
Grimm said in the statement that an Evansville Police Department officer spotted the vehicle in the water and immediately alerted the Fire Department dive rescue team, who quickly made their way to the scene.
Firefighter Scott Weber got to the submerged vehicle first by borrowing a local fisherman's johnboat. He entered the water but found the truck's doors locked.
Rescue diver Captain Doug Tenison entered the water next, broke out the passenger side window and pulled Marshall out.
"Planning, training and quick thinking all played a part in this happy ending," Grimm said in the statement. "Thankfully, the holidays will be much happier for Ms. Marshall and her family."
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12-12-2009, 11:17 PM #1
Rescue Divers rescue woman from submerged vehicle in Evansville, IN
12-12-2009, 11:20 PM #2
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Police say 27-year-old Rose Marshall of Evansville was drunk when she drove off Dress Plaza into the river.
Rose Marshall's lifeless body was pulled from her submerged truck around 11 p. m., Tuesday night. Divers had to break a window in order to reach her. "We put her in a boat and started CPR she started spitting up water. Minutes later she was talking to rescue workers," said Dan Grimm of the Evansville Fire Dept.
Marshall was brought back to life thanks to the Evansville Fire Department. Police say Marshall's blood alcohol level was .15 and she doesn't remember the incident. However, witnesses say it's a night they'll never forget. “When we saw it going down we got desperate and I told my friend to call the cops. The truck was getting more deep," said Jackie Herrera. She and a friend were out enjoying the river when suddenly they noticed the truck speeding by. It turned sharply onto the boat ramp then drove into the river. The driver started frantically blinking their lights and Herrera came running. "I was anxious and wanted to jump in but I can't swim. We decided to call the cops they all came and everything was fast but it was slow to me," said Herrera.
Herrera says she lost track of time but believes the truck was submerged for nearly 5 minutes. Marshall does have a previous record. In 2008 she was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Marshall was unconscious found inside her truck 6 feet under water. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital where her condition is unknown at this time. Police say she has not been arrested.
INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT:
Red truck with female inside drove off Dress Plaza boat ramp, and floated downstream and sank with her inside. EFD boat, divers, FF’s had to break windows to extricate, and resuscitate before handing off to AMR unit.
Total time 24 minutes
Water was only 8-12 feet deep.
Truck headlights were visible from the surface.
Good Eyewitness information.
Dive team is stationed 2-3 minutes away.
Ohio River had a slow current.
12-13-2009, 02:48 PM #3
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Our department just had a similar call but unfortunately did not have a happy ending with the loss of two children. We are located on the Canadian side of the border and we had to call the American Sheriff's marine unit being the closest dive team in the area. It is sad that a whole county and not a single dive team in an area surrounded by water due to financial reasons. If it wasn't for the American Marine unit our whole county would have been helpless. We did have a firefighter who is a recreational diver attempt to aid in rescue operations it is that bad within the county. It is nice though to see other departments with dive teams are very successful and I wish our municipal government could see these success stories.
12-26-2009, 12:57 PM #4
This photo was taken immediately after the 27 year old diver was resuscitated aboard the Evansville Fire Department boat.
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