Woman drowns in rain barrel at her Santa Fe home

Staff Report

The Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) - A woman drowned when she apparently tried to retrieve a kitten from a 55-gallon rain barrel at her home southeast of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano says 48-year-old Deborah Hill was found by her husband Sunday afternoon after he returned home from running errands.

Solano says the couple had dragged the plastic barrel inside their home because they wanted to thaw ice that had formed in the barrel.

The barrel, which Solano says was tied to a door so it wouldn't tip, was about one-third full of water when the kitten fell in.

Solano says Hill apparently was standing on something to reach down for the kitten when she slid in.