Missouri deputy sheriff survives plunge into creek

Monday, July 12, 2010 | 8:47 p.m. CDT

MAMMOTH — Rescues of motorists during flash floods typically involve law enforcement officers helping civilians to safety.

But it was a deputy sheriff who got swept two miles down a rain-swollen creek in southern Missouri over the weekend.

Ozark County Sheriff Raymond Pace says Deputy Nick Jones was returning from an accident scene about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when his patrol car was swept off a low-water bridge.

KYTV reports that Jones was able to call for help before the car plunged into Possum Walk Creek.

The car came to rest about a half-mile downstream. Rescuers found Jones three hours later on an island, about two miles from the bridge.

The sheriff said Jones was recovering in good condition Monday.

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