Deputy pulls woman from sinking car in Minnesota lake

Published 8:00 pm Monday, June 18, 2018

ALEXANDRIA — A deputy went into a central Minnesota lake to rescue a woman from her sinking car.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said it happened Saturday night in a construction zone on Interstate 94 near Lake Latoka, southwest of Alexandria. The sheriff’s office said Beverly Toso, 76, of Hoffman couldn’t stop in time before she drove off a bridge that’s being replaced. Her car landed in the lake.

Only a few inches of air were left in her car when Deputy Ben Jarvi arrived. He tied a rope to his waist, went into the water, opened the door and pulled her out.

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A Fargo, North Dakota, man who called 911 to report the accident, Kenneth Fletcher, held the rope’s other end and pulled them to shore.

Toso’s injuries were not life-threatening.