Woman, dog rescued from car that plunged into Laguna de Santa Rosa tributary – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Woman, dog rescued from car that plunged into Laguna de Santa Rosa tributary - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Santa Rosa Firefighters Rescue Woman Trapped Inside Submerged Car
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A woman and her dog were rescued Friday night after her car fell 10 feet off a bridge, partially submerging the car and leaving her in a nearly vertical position, Santa Rosa fire official said.

Firefighters responding about 9:15 p.m. found the car had fallen off a bridge on private property into a tributary of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, in the 3200 block of Guerneville Road, Battalion Chief Mark Basque said in a news release.

Rescuers first used chains and cable to stabilize and secure the rear of the car to the bridge, and at the womans request, rescuers removed the dog from the car first. The dog was uninjured and was handed to a friend of the woman at the scene, he said.

At the same time, two Santa Rosa fire swift water rescue technicians went into the flowing creek and placed the woman on a floating rescue board, guiding it across the creek to a ladder, Basque said.

The woman was helped up the ladder, placed in an ambulance and taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be nonlife-threatening injuries, he said.

You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 707-521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @guykovner.

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Firefighters rescued a woman and her dog Friday night from a vehicle that had careened off a bridge and into a waterway near Santa Rosa, authorities said.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department responded Friday at 9:14 p.m. to 3250 Guerneville Road on a report of a vehicle that had driven off a bridge and into a waterway. Firefighters located a car that had driven off a bridge on private property and into a tributary of the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

The vehicle had fallen about 10 feet and was in a near vertical position. A woman and a dog were trapped inside the partially submerged passenger compartment of the vehicle.

The woman requested firefighters remove the uninjured dog from the car first, so the dog was passed along to a friend. Firefighters then helped the woman exit the vehicle and make it to safety.

She was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. Her dog was uninjured.


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