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New Mexico Couple in Snowdrift for 20 Hours Before Rescue

Image: New Mexico Couple in Snowdrift for 20 Hours Before Rescue

This photo provided by Bill Kshir shows the buried vehicle of Jimmy and Betty Anderson. (Bill Kshir via AP/Facebook)

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 11:55 AM

A New Mexico couple was buried in a 12-foot snowdrift at the side of a country road for almost 20 hours before they were rescued, but they stayed in contact with a city worker via phone almost the entire time.

Betty Anderson, 55, was hospitalized with chest pains but was released from Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday, while Jimmy Anderson, 54, said he wasn't injured, reported the Clovis News Journal.

The Andersons left their Clovis home on Saturday to deliver newspapers as a snow storm swirled through the area, said KRQE-TV.

"We chose to do our county run and I got maybe five papers out before I decided we were going to turn around and go home," said Jimmy Anderson. "I got about two-tenths of a mile and we just wound up in a ditch because I couldn't see nothing."

The couple connected with Clovis city worker Bill Kshir after they called 911 and he became their contact for most of the time they were trapped in the snow.

Kshir told the couple that they were being searched for, but emergency vehicles were struggling to make it down back roads.

The engine of the Anderson's vehicle shut down after midnight on Sunday morning, eliminating their only source of heat, said NBC News.

"I was confident we would be OK," said Jimmy Anderson. "I was trying to keep my wife calm and not scare her."

Rescue workers had narrowed their search to two miles southeast of Clovis on Curry Road 6, but still weren't sure where the couple was because of the huge snow drifts, said the News Journal.

Jimmy Anderson would periodically call on a cell phone to communicate with searchers.

About 4 p.m. on Sunday, the couple heard snow crunching near them and realized emergency crews were close.

"I started banging on the ceiling and window and honking the horn," said Jimmy Anderson. "They heard me banging."

Kshir and Ty Gonser found the vehicle and kicked in the front window to free the Andersons..

"They'd seen a strange snow formation," said Jimmy Anderson. "That's how they knew it was us. They would never have found us if not for that. It was an act of God."

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A New Mexico couple was buried in a 12-foot snowdrift at the side of a country road for almost 20 hours before they were rescued, but they stayed in contact with a city worker via phone almost the entire time.
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