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Police Rescue Woman From High Waters

Last updated on Thursday, February 2, 2012

(WASHINGTON) - Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies rescued a Vincennes woman from flood water early Tuesday on Old Vincennes Road.

There are high-water signs posted on the road.

21-year-old Catherine Cooper, of Vincennes, was driving from Knox County into Daviess County in an older-model Chevrolet pickup, according to Lt. Detective Bill Dougherty. He says the truck stalled in the backwater, before she hit the deep part and the current.

Dougherty says it's fortunate her pickup stalled where it did or she might have been swept away down river in the current.

"We brought boats out, but it wasn't deep enough," he says.

Since Cooper was stranded in backwater, she couldn't be reached easily by launching a boat at another spot in the river, either. Finally, her rescuers used a rope attached to deputies Adam Hunt and J.R. Crew so they could walk out and bring her to safety.

Dougherty said Cooper was unharmed, "just cold and wet."

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