Woman rescued after floating on air mattress on Oklahoma lake for two days

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By Carina Murphy

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A woman has been rescued after she spent two days floating on an air mattress in the middle of an Oklahoma lake.

The cast-away weathered freezing temperatures on Lake Texoma - one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the US - before eventually drifting to shore and being rescued, according to reports.

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway train conductor Cristhian Sosa and train engineer Justin Luster were taking their regular southbound trip on a freight train when they spotted the woman trying to get their attention.

KRMG reports that she was waving her arms, screaming, and holding onto the air mattress in a desperate bid for rescue.

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"She was literally laying on the ground waving one arm, basically her left arm, the one that her arm wasn’t stuck with her jacket, and she was asking for help, so we instantly knew she was hurt and she needed help," Sosa said.

BSNF officials told NBC News that when they saw her they brought the train to a stop and hurried to help. When they reached the freezing woman, they immediately called for emergency assistance.

The mystery cast-away identified herself only as Connie. When asked how she had gotten stranded on the lake, she described how she had been marooned on the mattress for over two days.

According to the woman's report, she and a man has been using the air mattress as a raft to try and reach a boat out on the lake. But when she became separated from him she simply drifted out on the freezing body of water with no way of reaching land.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that she had floated almost two miles on the air mattress before washing up near the railroad tracks.

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Meanwhile, her male companion was able to reach the shore and get to a house where he warmed up.

When she was found, Connie showed signs of hypothermia, had cut and bleeding hands, and was barely able to walk.

The train crew moved her to the second engine to help her get warm, then met with emergency medical responders at the next crossing who transported her to a local hospital by Bryan County EMS. Despite her ordeal on the lake, doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

Reflecting on the unexpected rescue, Luster said: "It was just kinda unexpected, you know, with the weather we were having, we were the only train out there at the time … and I’m glad we could be there when we were."

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Woman rescued after floating on air mattress on Oklahoma lake for two days

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By Carina Murphy

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A woman has been rescued after she spent two days floating on an air mattress in the middle of an Oklahoma lake.

The cast-away weathered freezing temperatures on Lake Texoma - one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the US - before eventually drifting to shore and being rescued, according to reports.

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway train conductor Cristhian Sosa and train engineer Justin Luster were taking their regular southbound trip on a freight train when they spotted the woman trying to get their attention.

KRMG reports that she was waving her arms, screaming, and holding onto the air mattress in a desperate bid for rescue.

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"She was literally laying on the ground waving one arm, basically her left arm, the one that her arm wasn’t stuck with her jacket, and she was asking for help, so we instantly knew she was hurt and she needed help," Sosa said.

BSNF officials told NBC News that when they saw her they brought the train to a stop and hurried to help. When they reached the freezing woman, they immediately called for emergency assistance.

The mystery cast-away identified herself only as Connie. When asked how she had gotten stranded on the lake, she described how she had been marooned on the mattress for over two days.

According to the woman's report, she and a man has been using the air mattress as a raft to try and reach a boat out on the lake. But when she became separated from him she simply drifted out on the freezing body of water with no way of reaching land.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that she had floated almost two miles on the air mattress before washing up near the railroad tracks.

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Meanwhile, her male companion was able to reach the shore and get to a house where he warmed up.

When she was found, Connie showed signs of hypothermia, had cut and bleeding hands, and was barely able to walk.

The train crew moved her to the second engine to help her get warm, then met with emergency medical responders at the next crossing who transported her to a local hospital by Bryan County EMS. Despite her ordeal on the lake, doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

Reflecting on the unexpected rescue, Luster said: "It was just kinda unexpected, you know, with the weather we were having, we were the only train out there at the time … and I’m glad we could be there when we were."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/texomastatepark