The woman was immediately hospitalized and her Subaru Forester was later pulled out by emergency services.
Russia’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that police Captain Aleksey Konyaev arrived before emergency services and decided to waste no time in saving the woman. He was also hospitalized with severe frostbite to both hands following the rescue.
“His colleagues and passers-by pulled the drowning woman and the policeman out with a cable,” ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told the press. 
Konyaev later told TVC channel how difficult it had been to break the window of the sinking car.
“We were on patrol and pulled over to see why there was a gathering of people only to find out that part of the river fence was missing. We saw a sinking car with some movement in the back seat, so we immediately thought there were children in there. I called the ambulance and emergency services and decided to jump …