Dramatic operation pulls car out of river

By David Elliott – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Divers with the D'Iberville Fire Department battled strong currents and zero visibility in a multi-agency effort to pull a car out of the Tchoutacabouffa River Thursday.

The vehicle belongs to 19-year-old Carrie McGill. Wednesday morning, McGill lost control of her car on Lamey Bridge Road, bounced off the guard rail and plunged into the river. She was rescued by two D'Iberville police officers.

Wednesday night, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries used sonar to identify what they suspected was McGill's 2000 Ford Mustang. Thursday morning the agency used an underwater camera to confirm the discovery.

A huge crane pulled on to the bridge and the D'Iberville city engineer was called in to make sure the bridge pilings could handle the weight of the crane and the impact of raising the car out of the river.

Carrie McGill, with tears rolling down her cheeks, looked on as the car was pulled out of the river.

"It's unreal. I was in that car and it was underwater" recounted the young woman who has been counting her blessings from the moment police officers rescued her.

Slowly but surely, the Mustang was raised out of the murky water of the river. McGill was asked how she felt 24 hours after a near death experience.

"Dismay, shock and horror," McGill said.

D'Iberville city officials said it was imperative to get the car off the bottom of the Tchoutacabouffa River for public safety.

"We have boaters and water skiers in this area and a submerged car would be dangerous," Police Chief Wayne Payne said.

Carrie McGill appreciates all of the work put into the operation.

"I'm very lucky. I'm very grateful."

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