Fishermen at Lake o' Pines in Marion County, Texas reported what they believed to be a Jeep quickly sinking beneath the water. They were unaware that anyone was inside the vehicle until a tow truck came to pull it out.

Marion County Sheriff Office
Marion County Sheriff Office

According to NPR, the vehicle was located roughly 40 feet away from Woody's Camp Boat Ramp. The fisherman who initially reported the Jeep assisted the tow truck worker by hooking up a towing cable to pull it out of the water. The pair were then able to pull the woman out of the Jeep and onto a fishing boat.

Marion County Sheriff Office
Marion County Sheriff Office

The woman was reported missing to police in Longview, Texas at 12:35 am on Friday, April 7th, but no other details have been shared as to what might have occurred for her to end up in the water. So far, it appears to have been an accident.

Reports say that the woman was taken to the hospital after being freed from the almost completely submerged vehicle.

At this time, her identity and condition have not been released.

An article published by ABC News in 2013 states that close to 400 people drown each year after plunging into the water, including vehicles that are swept away by a flood. Researchers say that a car submerged in water will typically only stay afloat for anywhere from 30 to 120 seconds before sinking, giving passengers an incredibly limited amount of time to take life-saving measures to release themselves.

If you ever find yourself in this scenario, it is advised that you stay calm, skip calling 911, immediately roll down all of your windows while your electrical system is still functioning, unbuckle your seatbelt, assist your passengers with theirs, take a deep breath, and swim to safety.

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