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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 rescued from the O’Sullivan Reservoir Sunday night after being in the water for more than three hours has been upgraded to serious condition.

Suzette Hamilton, a 52-year-old Spokane woman, is in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, hospital officials confirmed Tuesday. She was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon but continues to improve.

Hamilton sustained hypothermia and is undergoing treatment of inhalation of gasoline fumes, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. 

Hamilton and a 40-year-old woman was aboard a 16-foot boat in the O’Sullivan Reservoir Sunday evening. The boat began taking on water and sunk about 8 p.m. Both women donned life jackets and Hamilton’s friend was able to swim to shore along state Route 262 and rescuers were summoned about 9:15 p.m. after the woman was able to flag down a passing motorist.

Hamilton, also wearing a life vest, was holding onto a gas gan for flotation as she was pushed east in the water. Boats from the sheriff’s office and Grant County Fire District 5, along with a drone equipped with a thermal camera, searched the reservoir and Hamilton was located at about 10:45 p.m.

She was eventually airlifted to the Seattle hospital.

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