Minnesota woman survives 18 hours in sinking car - KMSP-TV

Centerville, Minn. woman survives 18 hours in sinking car

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Nancy Breberg and her husband, Ron Nancy Breberg and her husband, Ron
PLYMOUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Minnesota woman had a scary start to her weekend after she crashed into a pond and wound up trapped inside her car for 18 hours.

Officials say 67-year-old Nancy Breberg was looking for a hotel in Plymouth, Minn. on Saturday afternoon when she veered over a fence and wound up trapped after her car became partially submerged.

20-year-old Geoff Racette-Wesala crossed the street on his bicycle and saw a tire sticking up out of the swamp. From a car on the road, it would not have been possible to see Breberg's vehicle, which hadn't broken through the ice -- but was beginning to.

After Breberg told Geoff she was diabetic, he gave her a snack from his back pack to stabilize her blood sugar, then called police.

Breberg suffered serious frostbite, and police say if Geoff hadn't found her she might not have made it much longer.

Officials with the Plymouth Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office were all involved in the rescue, and all agreed she is lucky to be alive.

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