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CHP officer rescues woman from car trapped in ravine
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A California Highway Patrol officer is being praised for saving a woman who was trapped in a car after she drove off the road and into a ravine filled with water on Wednesday.

"They were definitely heroes," said Cal Fire firefighter Jim Hudson of the Highway Patrol officer who responded along with two members of the Air Force who stopped to help as they were headed in to work at Beale Air Force Base.

CHP said 42 year old Tessa Foster of Marysville was driving a grey 2015 Nissan Altima northbound on State Route 65 near Lincoln when her car traveled off the side of the road, through a fence and into the ravine.

CHP Officer Kevin Jeffcouch arrived at the scene as the car began to sink. Jeffcoach dived into the water and was able to use his baton to break the right rear window and rescue the woman.

"They were able to see an arm, basically, out of the car, to know that patient was unconscious and unable to help themselves'" Hudson said. "And basically,fully clothed, (Officer Jeffcoach) hopped in the water. And was able to get out about 25, 30 yards, I'd estimate...he was able to use his baton and break out the rear window."

Officer Jeffcoach actually had to make two trips into the water, coming back when he couldn't get a door open and then grabbing his baton to smash out the right rear window, pulling Foster out and back to the shore.

"When we made access there to the shoreline, she was conscious, obviously very cold. probably a little bit banged-up," Hudson said. 

Foster was taken to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center where she was released after doctors checked her out.

Cal Fire says this is another example of why a window punch or another escape tool can be good to have if your car goes in to the water.

"Vehicles go into the water like that, the windows can cause a huge problem and being able to get those broken," Hudson said.

The CHP is investigating the accident.


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