Woman rescued after floating on Lake Texoma on air mattress

Published: Feb. 4, 2022 at 8:58 PM CST
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LAKE TEXOMA (KXII) - A woman was found floating on an air mattress on Lake Texoma and rescued Thursday afternoon by two crew members of a BNSF train.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it all started when a man and a woman were trying to use an air mattress as a raft to get out to a boat on Lake Texoma.

Fast forward to Thursday, Train Conductor Cristhian Sosa and Train Engineer Justin Luster were on their normal train route from Madill, OK to Irving, TX on Thursday, when they came across a woman flailing her arms and screaming for help, holding an air mattress.

She told them she had been floating on it for two days in Lake Texoma in the freezing weather.

“Well naturally we kinda thought maybe she was delirious we really didn’t know what really happened and it wasn’t until we got to the crossing where highway patrolman had come out to find out her story was accurate, she had been floating on that air mattress for a solid day or two,” Luster said.

Luster and Sosa were travelling through Mead Thursday afternoon when they saw a woman screaming for help near Sand Point.

“She was literally laying on the ground waving one arm, basically her left arm, the one that her arm wasn’t stuck with her jacket and she was asking for help so we instantly knew she was hurt and she needed help,” Sosa said.

Sosa said he approached the woman, who told him she was separated from her significant other two days earlier on Lake Texoma.

“She had no recollection of time, she had said she had been there for almost two days hiding under an air mattress,” Sosa said.

Luster and Sosa said the woman identified herself as Connie to them, and they called 911 immediately.

Officers met the train at the next crossing.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the woman started at Ranger Station and floated nearly 2 miles on an air mattress, by herself, before floating to land and finding her way to the railroad tracks.

“She mentioned something about Ranger Station, I guess on the other side of the lake, I guess she has a boat and some of her stuff started drifting away and she tried to catch it and before she knew it she was on top of her air mattress and she was a drift and there was nothing she could do and she ended up by the rocks,” Sosa said.

OHP said the woman had hypothermia and Bryan County EMS took her to the hospital to be treated but she is expected to survive.

“It was just kinda unexpected you know with the weather we were having we were the only train out there at the time and really unexpected and I’m glad we could be there when we were,” Luster said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said she started with a man at the lake but he was able to get to shore and get to a house to stay warm.

If it sounds like there is more to this story, OHP said there probably is. They’re still working to get answers.

It is not known if they have reunited at this time.

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