Deputies rescue stranded motorists after they ignored closed road sign

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Deputies in Lac Qui Parle County rescued two motorists Thursday afternoon after they drove around a closed road sign and tried to drive through running water.

The Lac Qui Parle Sheriff’s Office responded to the call from the driver of the car before 4 p.m. Thursday. The caller said the water current had pushed their vehicle into a field in Garfield Township. 

The driver and passenger were stuck in the vehicle with the water rising quickly. When deputies arrived, a man was standing on top of the vehicle and a woman was sitting inside.

Deputies used cold water rescue suits and a rapid deployment craft to save the two individuals.

Madison Ambulance and the Madison Fire Department also assisted in the rescue.

“Everyone involved in the rescue did an excellent job of helping keep a bad situation from getting worse,” said a release from the Sheriff’s Office. “This is also a good reminder if there is water going over a roadway PLEASE don’t drive through it.”