Canadian Pastor and his Wife Rescue Girl
A church pastor and his wife are being credited with saving the life of a 13-year-old girl after the car the girl was in plunged into an eastern Ontario river.
Ontario Provincial Police say the incident occurred as the girl and her family were preparing to leave the Full Gospel Church in Frankford, a community north of Trenton on Wednesday night.
The girl was in the car in the church parking lot waiting for her family when the vehicle reversed, crashed through a fence, went over the high retaining wall and plunged into the Trent River.
The car was pushed a short distance downstream by the current before coming to rest on its roof, the rushing water filling the passenger compartment.
The pastor and his wife quickly jumped down into the water and tried to free the girl from the car.
"At first, because of locked doors, they weren't able to access the interior, but they were ultimately able to pull the freezing girl out through the rear hatch of the vehicle," Constable David Ludington said Thursday.
"Other churchgoers were able to lower a ladder over the edge and all three were pulled to safety."
An ambulance took the girl to hospital for hypothermia treatment, but she was later released.
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