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Florida deputies rescue 73-year-old from sinking car

Rescue captured on bodycam video

A 73-year-old woman is thankful tonight, after dramatic police body camera video captures Florida deputies saving her life, as her car sinks into a retention pond. You can feel the officers' adrenaline, as they race against time to drag this woman to safety.
A 73-year-old woman is thankful tonight, after dramatic police body camera video captures Florida deputies saving her life, as her car sinks into a retention pond. You can feel the officers' adrenaline, as they race against time to drag this woman to safety.

Deputies on Saturday rescued a 73-year-old woman from a car that crashed into a retention pond in Florida, authorities said.

The dramatic rescue was captured on body camera video.

Volusia County deputies responded Saturday evening to reports of a car that went into a retention pond in the DeLand area.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the first deputy on scene, Deputy Nicholas Maletto, headed into the water and was soon joined by Deputy Patrick O’Melia. The deputies worked together to get the 73-year-old driver out of the sinking vehicle.

The body camera video showed water up to her neck.

Deputy: “You’re good? You unbuckled?”

Driver: “Yeah, I’m unbuckled, unbuckled.”

Deputy: “Come on. Get out! Forget your purse. Let’s go! Let’s go!”

Infrared aerial video also captured the moment the deputies finally dragged the driver out of the car.

She was reportedly OK, and O’Melia even grabbed her purse on the way out.

The time from when the first deputy arrived until everyone was out of the pond spanned two minutes and 30 seconds.

Car in pond: 2/27/21

On Saturday night in the DeLand area, deputies responded to reports of a car driven into a retention pond. The first deputy on scene, Nicholas Maletto, headed into the water and was soon joined by Deputy Patrick O'Melia. Together, the deputies pulled the 73-year-old driver out of the sinking vehicle and brought her to shore. She's OK, and Deputy O'Melia even grabbed her purse on the way out. Thank you deputies!

Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Monday, March 1, 2021

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