Woman Recovering after Trapped in Partially-Submerged Car

Updated: 01/15/2013 7:27 AM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

A 67-year-old woman who was trapped in her partially-submerged car for 18 hours is recovering.

Nancy Breberg can drove over a curb and landed on its side in a creek in Plymouth. Breberg was unable to escape, and because her can had gone off an embankment, it wasn't easily visible to passing motorists. Breberg's husband, Ron, says he called police as soon as he realized his wife was missing, "The longer it went, the more i was praying hard but losing hope."

Twenty-year-old Geoff Racette was riding his bike home from work when he noticed a tire and went to investigate and discovered the vehicle on it's side in the frozen creek, "You know, there could be somebody hurt in there, and i need to check it out and make sure that everything is alright."

Racette says he called to the vehicle, "'Hello, is there anybody in there?' I'm pretty sure I remember her saying, 'Oh thank God.' So that's right where I decided to hop on the ice."

Crawling through a broken back window Racette says he reached Breberg and checked on her condition, "Is there anything you need right now, I'm going to get you some food, I’m going to see if i have anything to drink...  she said, 'ok, thank you.' i went to my backpack and grabbed some “Chex Mix” I had just bought."

By the time Breberg had been rescued, she had been trapped in her car standing in water for 18 hours. Breberg is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center's Burn Unit.