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Workers risked lives in daring rescue

MIAMI, OK (CBS) - Emergency crews in Oklahoma braved icy waters and bone chilling temperatures in a daring rescue Thursday, trying to reach passengers stranded for two hours in a submerged vehicle.

Early Thursday morning, the SUV packed with eight people veered off a highway bridge after hitting a plowed snow bank launching them over a guardrail.

The vehicle fell more than 80 feet into a river.

The vehicle remained only half submerged and upright in the frozen river, but with air temperatures 13 degrees below zero, rescuers said hypothermia set in quickly.

Crews lowered a small boat down to the river, allowing them to safely bring six of the passengers up to waiting helicopters. Two died on the scene, one later died on the way to a local hospital.

Five patients remain in local hospitals being treated for broken bones and hypothermia.

Six rescuers also had to be taken to the hospital, and all of them are expected to be OK.

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