Missing woman found alive in hole by search dog in training

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - After being stuck in a deep hole for about 16 hours, a harrowing situation for Corrie Brouwer came to an end Wednesday.

"She was conscious and alert and able to communicate with us. For right now, she's just a really lucky lady," explained Capt. David Carter, Springfield Fire Department.

Search teams spent hours scouring a wooded area looking for Brouwer. It just so happened, the Greene County Sheriff's Office was training on Wednesday morning with a special guest.

Tank, an 11-month-old canine in his last week of search and rescue training with the company Boulder Creek Performance K9 out of St. James, was called off the exercise and called in for the real thing.

"We put Tank out front and about 20 to 30 minutes after working inside the woods, he put his nose up and pulled us to the missing woman," said Mark Winn, a trainer with Boulder Creek Performance K9.

When discovered, Brouwer was alert and talking.

"The odds of falling into a hole in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night, it's just amazing they found her this quick," said Carter.

Firefighters lowered a ladder and a basket down into the hole to hoist Brouwer up. The hole, which was about 10 to 12 feet deep and 12 feet wide, is the start of a sinkhole, Carter said, "Its a good day that it went as smooth as it did."

When she was pulled out, Brouwer complained of leg pains; she was taken to the hospital where at last word she was listed in good condition.

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