Woman Dies After Car Plunges Off Des Moines Marina

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DES MOINES – Tragedy struck Friday night when an elderly woman drowned after the car she was a passenger in plunged into Puget Sound at the Des Moines Marina.

Police and fire officials said an elderly couple was driving in the parking lot of the marina when the male driver accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes, causing the SUV to drive off of the road, crash through the fence and plunge into the cold water.

Rescuers pulled out the 86-year-old man rather quickly through his open window, but his 76-year-old wife wasn’t rescued in time.

By the time divers got the woman out of the water, she had been under for 28 minutes and was unconscious. Medics performed CPR on her, but she could not be resuscitated.

The man’s condition is not known.

The couple’s names were not released.


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