SPANISH FORK, Utah — Police have released video of the incredible rescue of an 18-month-old girl found in a crashed car in a Utah river on March 7.
<em>Editor’s note: The videos in this story contain raw footage of emergency crews responding to a crash that left a woman dead and her daughter in critical condition. Some may find some of the images disturbing, viewer discretion is advised.</em>
Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, of Springville, Utah, was killed in the crash. Despite spending an estimated 14 hours in the car in the frigid water, 18-month-old Lily was found alive inside the vehicle.
In the video released on Friday, emergency responders can be seen urgently working to shift the vehicle to reach the young girl inside.
“You got her? Pass her up! Pass her up,” one responder can be heard saying in the video as the young girl is pulled from the wrecked vehicle.
The child was then passed to one emergency responder, who begins rushing an ambulance on the river bank.
The man carrying the girl can be heard saying, “She’s definitely hypothermic.”
The video continues as the child is put into the ambulance and EMS personnel frantically work to save her life. At one point, a responder says, “Come on baby!” as a medic attends to the child.
Later, the officer says they have made it to the town of Salem, and he continues talking to the EMS personnel, “We’re almost there, you getting a pulse?”
As they bring the child into the hospital, someone says, “We’ve been doing CPR on her, she’s been throwing up a little bit.”
Lily was in critical condition after the crash, but she has since been released from the hospital. Her father spoke with KSTU about her incredible recovery.
The cause of the crash remains unclear, and policed are investigating. The crash is believed to have occurred around 10:30 p.m. on March 6, but the vehicle wasn’t located until a fisherman spotted it around noon the next day.