Dec. 30--RICHMOND -- Sheriff's deputies assisted by several other emergency responders from the county located and rescued a 57-year-old woman from a vehicle partially submerged in the Kentucky River Saturday evening.
According to a news release form the sheriff's office, deputies found Tina Johnson of Ashland after they responded at 9:25 p.m. to the area around 3584 Poosey Ridge Road to investigate the report of a that had not returned after traveling down Hunters Ferry Road past a point where the road is not maintained.
Upon arrival, deputies Tyler Cole and Stacey Cummins proceeded down the road to a point where where it became impassible. They then walked another mile on foot until reaching the river, where they found evidence of the missing vehicle. Continuing to search the area, they located a red 2003 Honda SUV which had gone over a 30-foot embankment and was in the water. Johnson was still inside the vehicle, the release stated.
Madison County EMS was dispatched to the area as well as the county and Kirksville volunteer fire departments and the volunteer rescue squad.
Using the sheriff's Humvee to negotiate the difficult terrain, the emergency responders removed Johnson from her vehicle and transported her to an awaiting ambulance, which took her to Baptist Health-Richmond for treatment, the release stated.
Deputies later learned Johnson had been reported missing by family she was visiting in Lexington. They reported she had left Lexington about 7:30 p.m., and when she had not returned home to Ashland by 11:30 p.m., her family reported her missing to the Ashland Police Department. A case worker with the Ashland police advised the Madison Sheriff's Office that, although she had not been officially diagnosed, Johnson may suffer from dementia.
According to the release, Johnson told deputies at the hospital that she had been looking for Interstate 64 and hadn't been down Hunters Ferry Road before. She appeared to not understand that she had been removed from her vehicle, the release stated.
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