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Sheldon Fire Company Performs Swift Water Rescue Of Stranded Motorist

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Fire Company was dispatched last night to rescue a person in a vehicle that had been swept out into a field by floodwater.

According to Sheldon Assistant Fire Chief Brad Hindt, firefighters were called to the scene, which was near the intersection of 330th Street and Oak Hill Avenue, about 2 miles southeast of Sheldon, shortly before 9:30 last night.

He says when firefighters arrived they found a vehicle that had been swept off 330th St by water that was running over the gravel road. By the time rescue personnel arrived, the driver had exited the vehicle and was sitting on top of it.

Two Sheldon firefighters donned wet suits, inflated a small raft, entered the water and worked their way out to the vehicle in about 3 to 4 feet of rapidly moving water from the nearby creek. Hindt says the car was swept about 150 feet from the roadway. Once firefighters reached the vehicle, Hindt says they got the driver into the boat and were pulled back to the roadway.  He says the unidentified driver was cold, but otherwise uninjured.

The Sheldon Fire Company was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Hindt reminds you, if you see water over the roadway, please stay safe.  He says, “Turn around, don’t drown.”

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