A Gypsumville RCMP officer is being credited with saving the life of a woman whose car was swept away Friday afternoon.
RCMP said officers were called to check on a distraught woman in a vehicle near Fairford, Man. around 5 p.m.
When officers tried to pull the 22-year-old woman over, she drove her vehicle off of the roadway and into the Fairford River, RCMP said.
Const. Fraser Potts watched the woman drive off the roadway.
"I was shocked," said Potts.
"I’d never seen someone drive into the river before in a car."
The vehicle quickly began to float downstream, but the woman was able to get out just before it sank.
"I took my boots off, and I was wading into the water, trying to see how far is she from me kind of thing," said Potts.
"She went under the water again, and she came back up, and I was thinking, ‘Oh my god. She’s drowning!"
So Potts removed his duty equipment and jumped into the water to rescue the woman.
"It’s almost like I wasn’t really thinking about how cold the water was," said Potts.
"I was thinking, ‘I don’t want this girl to die'."
Potts swam to the woman and began pulling her to shore when the pair were picked up by nearby rescuers in a boat.
RCMP said by the time the woman was pulled from the water, her truck was about two kilometres downstream.
Both Potts and the woman were taken to hospital and treated for exposure to the cold, RCMP said.
Potts was released a few hours later, but the woman was taken to a hospital in Winnipeg. She is now home, though.
"Some people said, oh, I’m a hero and stuff like that, but what do heroes feel like? I don’t know," said Potts.
"I didn’t want her to drown so I went in after her."
An investigation into the incident is now underway.