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Almost 'buried alive'

A B.C. woman rescued from a mudslide in Lantzville, on Vancouver Island, is thankful to be alive after her harrowing ordeal.

Karena Donnelly thought she was going to die after she was caught in pitch black and pouring rain, and then the road just wasn't there.

Karena Donnelly was unable to stop in time to avoid a washout in the road and her vehicle plunged 20 metres down a muddy slope, rolling, twice before coming to rest upside down.

"I remember seeing my arms and my body sort of flailing around," she said. "The water was just pouring over my car so much."

As her car filled with water, she frantically called her boyfriend but her phone died.

Her boyfriend, Marc Volkamer says he guessed at her location and dialed 911.

It took almost two hours but rescuers finally found her and managed to rappel down and save her from being buried alive.

Thinking she might not make it out alive, she sent text messages saying "I love you" to her kids, and nothing else because she didn't want to say goodbye.

The car was still sliding when she was rescued, amazingly, unharmed.

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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