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Asland City Woman Rescued From Frozen Pond

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 23:57:03-05

An Ashland City woman had to be pulled from an icy pond Wednesday afternoon.

Katelynn Butler said she was driving on River Road when a car in the opposite lane hit a patch of ice and began sliding.  Butler slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the car and ended up driving into the pond.

“I think I can remember hollering, ‘Jesus help me,’ she said.

When Butler hit the pond, she skidded on the ice for a few seconds before the weight of the car caused the ice to crack. Her car began filling up with water and slowly started to sink.

“It was freezing,” Butler said.  “Immediately my toes went numb. It started to soak through my socks.”

Butler reached for her cell phone and dialed 911.  She tried to open the door but said the pressure of the water was too strong. Her last option was to try and open the sunroof, which hadn’t been working recently.

It opened.

“If that sunroof hadn't opened, I wouldn’t have been able to get out. There would have been no way,” said Butler.

She was able to pull herself onto the roof of her SUV and wait for rescuers. 

Ashland City firefighters arrived a short time later and pulled her to safety.  Once on the ground, she realized she lived through a miracle.

“I don't even know how to describe the feeling.  Immediately I thanked God. He was the only reason I got out of that car.”

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