Firefighters rescued a woman who had grabbed on to a tree as she was swept down a creek in Miller County when the car she was in became submerged during storms that passed through the lake area.

Firefighters rescued a woman who had grabbed on to a tree as she was swept down a creek in Miller County when the car she was in became submerged during storms that passed through the lake area. 

The victim was found 3/4 of a mile from the Cat Rock Bridge in Mead’s Flats just off off Highway 54. The bridge crosses Blue Springs Creek that feeds into the Osage River. Another victim in the car managed to get to make it to the bank and go for help. The call for help came just before midnight Tuesday. 

According to Lake Ozark Assistant Fire Chief Matt Birdsley, the fire district received a call shortly before midnight from a tow truck driver who had been flagged down by a man on Highway 54. The man had walked from the creek, across a field to the highway where he saw the driver who had responded to a call on Highway 54 for a tow truck. 

Birdsley said several swift water rescue teams responded to the call. The man reported he had last seen the woman in a  a tree farther down the creek. After spreading out to search several different areas at once, rescuers located the woman  still clinging to the tree. She was taken to Lake Regional with moderate injuries. The man refused treatment. 

Birdsley said the car has not been located. Efforts to locate the vehicle will be made after the water recedes.

Osage Beach, Eldon and Moreau fire districts were called in for assistance along with the Osage Beach and Miller County Ambulance Districts, Miller County Sheriff and the Missouri Highway Patrol.