Woman Files Lawsuit After Being Saved From Drowning

POSTED: 10:49 am EDT August 10, 2005

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- A woman is suing the town whose police divers saved her from drowning.

Barbara Connors is suing the town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, saying she was rescued too late to prevent serious brain damage.

The Massachusetts woman was in her son-in-law's sport utility vehicle when it jumped a curb, went through a chain-link fence and plunged into the Connecticut River.

Connors was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when divers pulled her from the water.

The son-in-law escaped the sinking vehicle and was picked up by the crew of a passing boat. Connors is also suing him.

Among other things, the suit claims the town failed to provide appropriate guardrails and equipment needed by police divers.

It says the 75-year-old woman has brain damage and must be cared for in a nursing home for the rest of her life.

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