Woman in Pond” Story Covered by Channels 4 & 16May 9th, 2013 by Joe Burgess
The story of a local 89 year old lady that didn’t panic, but instead calmly fought to free herself after her scooter turned over, throwing her into the edge of a pond, has gained statewide attention, as she was interviewed by KARK’s Josh Berry, about her ordeal, and how she found out about the search.
Mary Ellis (and Sassy), shown above, were surpriesed by all of the attention that they’ve received.
The center photo shows where she thrown into the pond after her dog’s leash got wrapped arond the reverse hand control on her scooter.
Lt. Tim Nichols points to the area of the pond where he, Sheriff Mark Gober, and other were in the water searching for her, before she was found safe at home.
Awesome Ending to Report of Possible Drowning
May 8, 2013
Around 3 pm, Tuesday, Drew County Sheriff’s Deputies, SEEMS ambulance, the Search & Rescue Team, Drew County OEM, and ADEM were dispatched to the feared drowning of an 89 year old resident of Old HWY13 in a pond near her home.
Her daughter called 911, reporting that the lady’s “scooter” was found overturned in the bank of the pond, and that she couldn’t be found.
First responders quickly arrived, noticing the stirred muddy water in that area of the pond.
As the search was beginning, she missing lady was located. Ms. Mary Ellis had fought to get our from under her scooter, get out of the water, and walk the approximate 1/2 mile home. When they were searching for her, she was showering the mud and pond water of off her.
Ms. Mary, and her daughter Arlene Russell told MLive to how grateful they are to the rescue workers who responded, and just thanked God that the accident wasn’t as bad as everyone feared.
Ms. Mary will turn 90 on May 23,