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Emergency crews rescue woman from Gatineau River

Nov. 27, 2013, Ottawa - A 52-year-old woman is recovering after what police called a "spectacular rescue'' from her car in the icy Gatineau River across from Ottawa.

November 27, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Police and firefighters pulled the woman from her car Wednesday morning after she lost control of the vehicle (on Chemin St. Louis) and drove into the Gatineau River.

Gatineau police Sgt. Pierre Lanthier says they made the rescue with the help of a driver of a flatbed who used his crane to get a fireman on the top of the vehicle to rescue the woman.

She was taken to hospital in non-life-threatening condition, suffering some minor injuries and hypothermia.

Police remained at the river for several hours Wednesday as they worked on removing the car from the water.

The incident came as the Ottawa area digs out from its first snowstorm of the season, which brought 10 to 15 centimetres of snow to many areas.