Rescued 911 caller: ‘My car’s filling up with water’

An unidentified woman was rescued from a canal in Yelm, Wash., after a Nov. 30, 2014, crash that left her car filling with water.

YELM, Wash. — A cellphone, a 911 dispatcher and two fast-acting police officers helped save a woman from a canal in a weekend crash.

The 911 dispatcher who helped the 30-year-old woman thinks she had help from somewhere else.

“Getting a responder not just one, but two within the time that they got there, really is a true miracle,” said Fritz Riddle, who took the frantic call from the woman who asked her name not be published.

Riddle said the call was one of the “scariest” in his career.

The woman said she hit a patch of black ice as she was turning onto Highway 507 in Yelm around 2:30 a.M. Sunday.

“I can’t get out of my car and it’s filling up with water,” said the caller. “My car’s filling up with water and I don’t know where I am.”.

She did tell Riddle where she spun out and he was able to pinpoint her location using GPS technology.

She lost control of her car and ended up trapped on the embankment of a canal used to generate power for the city of Centralia.

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The woman said her car was filling up with water and she was not able to get out.

Riddle told her to find something to break a window, but nothing was working.

A Yelm police officer and a Thurston County Deputy happened to be near the scene when the woman crashed.

They were at her car four minutes after the driver called 911.

Moments after they broke out her back window and pulled her from the car it slid into the canal.

She was cold and had trouble walking after the crash but a sheriff’s representative said the woman was expected to recover.

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