MADISON - Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Allan Anderson is offering a tip of the hat to two sheriff’s deputies who rescued a man and woman who were stranded in floodwaters after driving around a road closed barricade at 3:49 p.m. on Thursday in Garfield Township.
Sergeant Brian Benck and Sergeant Cole Weick donned cold water rescue suits and used rapid water deployment tactics to rescue the stranded motorists.
The officers arrived at the scene to find the vehicle stranded in a field near the flooded road. An adult male was standing on top of the vehicle and the female sitting inside it, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff’s officers were responding to a 911 call from the stranded motorists. The caller stated that they had gone around a “road closed” sign and attempted to drive through the running water on the roadway. The caller stated that the current was so strong that it pushed their vehicle into the field. They were stuck in the vehicle and the water was rising rapidly into it, they reported.
The two officers reached and rescued the two. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Madison Ambulance and Madison Fire Department. “Everyone involved in the rescue did an excellent job of helping keep a bad situation from getting worse,” stated the sheriff.
The sheriff said the two officers put their lives at risk in performing the rescue. He reminds motorists that it is never safe to drive on a flooded road.