A casual family stroll near Castle Peak Mountain in
California turned into a near tragedy when a 10-year-old girl
slipped through a patch of snow into the freezing waters below. Samantha White had
fallen 10 feet below the surface.
I thought it was just an indent, but I fell in and I felt one of my legs
hanging," Samantha told ABC station KXTV in Sacramento. "I was scared and calling out for help," she said. "My feet were
William White, Samantha's father, tried to rescue her using a
snow pole but she could not pull herself out.
By chance, a search and rescue team was training nearby and
rushed to retrieve Samantha from the hole using a rope system.
"If not for the actions of the Marin County Search and
Rescue Team, Samantha's disposition might be quite different," Thomas Jordan,
emergency service coordinator for Marin County, told reporters at a news
Samantha told KXTV she is thankful for her rescuers. "I was
happy that they were training there," she said.