Woman saved after boat sinks in reservoir

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Grant County Sheriff’s Office/courtesy photo This aerial shot, taken using thermal imaging, shows the vessel on the waters of the O’Sullivan Reservoir.

O’SULLIVAN RESERVOIR — First responders rescued a 52-year-old Spokane woman who spent about three hours in the waters of O’Sullivan Reservoir Sunday night after her boat sank, according to a statement by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman, whose name was not released, was aboard a 16-foot vessel that went down about 8 p.m. Her 40-year-old companion was able to don a life vest and swim to the shore along state Route 262. First responders were dispatched about 9:15 p.m.

Boats from the sheriff’s office, Grant County Fire District No. 5 and citizens, along with a drone equipped with an infrared camera from the sheriff’s office, searched the reservoir. Grant County Fire District 10 and 11 served as incident command and support, according to the statement.

The woman, who had also donned a life vest and was holding onto a gas can for flotation, was found alive in the water about 10:45 p.m. She was eventually transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of hypothermia and of inhalation of gasoline fumes.

Emry Dinman can be reached via email at edinman@columbiabasinherald.com

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