Woman, 42, rescued from Hugo pond dies

  • Updated: April 10, 2010 - 11:43 PM

A Lino Lakes woman who was rescued Saturday from an SUV that had plunged into a Washington County pond died later in the day at a hospital.

Sheriff's deputies were called at 1:36 p.m. to Oneka Parkway and Frenchman Road in Hugo, where they found the vehicle underwater.

The Washington County dive team was called in, and rescue workers were able to pull Debbie Joy Porterfield, 42, from the 2000 Ford Explorer. She was the SUV's only occupant, authorities said.

Porterfield was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she died, hospital officials said Saturday night.

The vehicle was removed from the pond, and the accident is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

ABBY SIMONS

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