A camper called the fire department after finding the woman on top of the car that had overturned and submerged in a fast-flowing stream.
The woman was safely rescued when a technician was lowered from a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
Battalion Chief Kent Carlin of the Alameda Fire Department told CBS News, “It could have gone completely differently. He could have been swept downstream, but he was strong enough to get on top of the vehicle. Maybe out of determination, maybe out of luck. I don’t know what happened. The whole cabin was under water, so he was able to swim out the window and climb on top of the vehicle.”
Video footage of the woman’s rescue shows a helicopter hovering over the vehicle and a crew member grabbing the woman and taking her to safety.
At 10:06a.m., Alameda County Fire Department responded to a call where a women’s small truck got swept into Del Valle Creek in Livermore. She had been there since 7:00p.m. Monday night.
A CHP did a helicopter rescue. She was cold and in good condition. pic.twitter.com/lu9OomT41K
— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) January 24, 2024
According to the fire department, the woman lost her phone along with other belongings, including her purse