OSCODA – Katherine Maryann Mccoy, 89, Flint, was successfully pulled from her vehicle after it went through the ice into Cedar Lake, just after 5 p.m. on Dec. 21.
The Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) states that officers were dispatched to the area near the Lake to Lake public access boat launch, for a vehicle which had crashed into the water.
While en route to the scene, they were given an update that the driver was still in the vehicle.
When the responding officers pulled into the parking lot of the boat launch, they say they observed a vehicle which had fell through the ice, approximately 75 yards out onto the lake.
There were tire tracks from the end of the parking lot, across the snow, leading out to where the vehicle was located.
OTPD Officer Von Heath grabbed a throw bag, which is used for water rescues, from the back of the patrol car and began walking toward the edge of the lake. He stated that he then decided to remove all the equipment on his body as he proceeded toward Mccoy.
Heath approached the vehicle and instructed the driver on what was happening. He advised Mccoy that he was going to throw a rope for her to grab, and that she would be pulled toward him.
According to the OTPD, Mccoy was able to hold on to the rope and she was successfully pulled by Heath from the vehicle.
The officer, with assistance from an Oscoda Township firefighter, pulled Mccoy to the edge of where the ice was broken from the vehicle.
Heath and the firefighter then removed the driver from the water and carried her to shore, where she was placed into Heath’s patrol car to warm up and await the arrival of Iosco County EMS.
Medical personnel examined Mccoy on scene, after which she was transported to Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City.
Heath went to the hospital, as well, to follow up with Mccoy. He notes that hospital staff were able to contact the woman’s daughter, who stated that Mccoy was recently reported as missing from Flint.
Iosco County Central Dispatch contacted the Flint Police Department, to inform them that Mccoy had been located.