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Photo taken from the Grant County Sheriff's Office drone equipped with a thermal camera during the rescue.

O’SULLIVAN RESERVOIR - A woman was rescued after a boat she and another woman were in capsized in the O’Sullivan Reservoir Sunday evening.

Grant County Chief Deputy Darrik Gregg says the two women launched a 16-foot boat between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. from the MarDon Resort and were cruising around the reservoir when the boat began to take on water.

Both women put life jackets on as the boat capsized about 8 p.m. One woman, age 40, was able to swim to shore and flagged down a passing motorist on state Route 262 and called 911.

The second woman, age 52, floated out of sight as the wind pushed her east toward a spillway.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Grant County Fire District 5 responded to scene. A drone with a Flir thermal camera was used to assist Fire District 5, which had launched their boat, in locating the woman, who was found floating on a gas can after being in the water for more than three hours, according to Gregg.

The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for hypothermia and treatment of inhalation of gasoline fumes.

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