Woman Revived After Near Drowning
Tragedy was averted Thursday after yet another drowning on area waterways.
This time it was the North Toe River in Spruce Pine. Two sisters were fishing in a shallow section when one lost her footing.
"One of the ladies was on a big rock and tried to go across the rock. She slipped and fell in," said Officer Kasey Cook of Spruce Pine Police.
The woman, whose name police are withholding, was swept nearly a mile downstream. She was in the river nearly 12 minutes before rescuers arrived.
"She looked pretty lifeless at that time," said Cook.
Fireman Mike Clougherty was one of the first on the scene.
"She was not breathing and her heart was not beating," said Clougherty.
But rescuers didn't give up. They began a frantic CPR effort that lasted more than 15 minutes. Finally, they got a pulse.
"You have a lot better chance with a cold water drowning and fresh water instead of salt," said Clougherty.
The woman was flown to a hospital in Johnson City. Her condition is not yet known.