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Crane driver helps save woman from Gatineau River

Doug Hempstead, Multimedia Journalist
Ottawa Sun

By Doug Hempstead, Ottawa Sun

A woman is lucky to be alive thanks to a passerby in a crane who helped pluck her from the freezing Gatineau River after she lost control of her car on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (TVA photo)

A woman is lucky to be alive thanks to a passerby in a crane who helped pluck her from the freezing Gatineau River after she lost control of her car on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (TVA photo)

Gatineau firefighters and police are praising a Good Samaritan with a crane who stopped to help save a woman whose car slid into the Gatineau River this morning,

Crews received a call for an extrication around 6:24 a.m. near the intersection of ´╗┐Saint-Louis and des Erables. A Honda had gone into the freezing Gatineau River in stormy conditions, with one person trapped inside.

Fortunately a passerby with a crane happened to be in the area and extended the equipment's boom so the high-angle rescue firefighter team could hook onto it and descend onto the roof of the unstable car.

The crane belonged to the company Gaetan Roy.

Firefighters managed to get a cable around the 52 year-old woman's waist and get her out of the water into the care of paramedics.

The woman suffered minor injuries and hypothermia.

"The SPVG wishes to acknowledge the tremendous involvement of the driver of the truck company Gaetan Roy," said Gatineau police spokesman Const. Pierre Lanthier. "This is a fine example of an involved citizen, who undoubtedly helped to save a life."

doug.hempstead@sunmedia.ca

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