RCMP are sharing details about a British Columbia woman who was rescued after her SUV plunged off the Sunshine Coast Highway near Sechelt and landed in a swollen creek.
Mounties say Carolynne, whose last name is being withheld, was driving on the morning of Nov. 23 when her vehicle fishtailed, skidding 12 metres off the roadway, over a waterfall and into the creek below.
The Surrey resident says in a news release from the RCMP that she thought she was going to die as her car went over a cliff.
Carolynne found herself immersed up to her neck in freezing water as her vehicle landed sideways on the driver’s side but she was able to release her seatbelt and climbed into a corner of her car where she could keep part of her body out of the water.
A passersby who saw Carolynne’s vehicle called emergency services before rescuers from the fire department used a ladder to rescue her three hours after she’d been in the water.
Carolynne spent a week in hospital to treat a broken nose, a concussion and hypothermia.
The Canadian Press