PEND OREILLE COUNTY, Wash. -- A Pend Oreille County Deputy helped save a woman who fell through the ice on the Pend Oreille River Thursday morning.
Deputy Steve Beery and Sheriff Alan Botzheim arrived on the scene around 9:30 a.m. and found a woman in the water clinging to the ice. The two retrieved a rope and life vests from their cars to help rescue the woman.
Officials said the woman had been in the water for at least 22 minutes and her voice was very shallow. She also did not have the strength to move her body.
Deputy Beery took off his uniform and boots and put on one of the life vests. He tied a rope around his waist and he quickly went in for the woman. While he was trying to pull her from the water, the ice broke and he also went into the river.
Sheriff Botzheim pulled the rope tied to Beery as he pushed the woman up onto the ice. The ice continued to break and Beery and the woman kept falling into the water.
The woman was finally pulled from the water after several attempts. She was carried to the shore and then into her home by Deputy Beery and Sheriff Botzheim.
Authorities said the woman was taken to Newport Community Hospital where she is in stable condition. She is expected to make a full recovery.
The 60-year-old victim had been a Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Dispatcher and retired several years ago. She said she had gone onto the ice to get one of her dogs.