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Baby Found Alive In Car Submerged In Frigid River For Hours (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

An 18-month-old baby girl was rescued from a submerged car in Utah on Saturday.

The baby was discovered by a fisherman when he waded into the river around noon and saw the car floating upside down in the water, a statement released by public safety officials said.

Rescuers were called to the scene and the four-door Dodge Caliber was tipped onto its side.

The baby girl was found strapped in her car seat and her 25-year-old mother’s dead body was in the driver’s seat, CNN reports.

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A resident in the area said he recalled hearing a loud noise around 10:30 p.m. Friday evening, but found nothing visible at the time.

Authorities have confirmed the woman was driving home from Salem, Utah, where she was visiting with family, when her car likely struck an embankment at the end of the bridge and veered into the river.

“I have been able to confirm she had visited some family in Salem last night around 10 o’clock, " Lt. Cory Slaymaker of the Spanish Fork Police Department said. "She left Salem between 10 and 10:30 last night, was headed home to Springville. The family didn’t know that she did not arrive.” 

If the car went into the river late Friday evening, the baby had likely been trapped for about 14 hours, reports WWLP.

The baby was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where she is in critical condition.

It is unknown whether the baby was covered in the river’s frigid water while in the vehicle, but seven rescuers were treated for hypothermia.

Sources: CNN, WWLP / Photo Source: Screenshot/WWLP