Florida deputies’ body camera video shows the rescue of a man trapped in a water vehicle
Some dramatic body camera footage shows how deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in southeast Florida rescued a man whose car overturned in a waterway.
Around 1 a.m., the victim’s car went into the water while trying to avoid the animal in the road, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.
The impact of the crash sent the driver’s iPhone sending an SOS to the county’s emergency dispatch center, the office said. He led deputies and emergency workers to the scene on a “dark and deserted road” near Indiantown, about 40 miles northwest of West Palm Beach, police said.
When deputies arrived, they found an overturned vehicle in the canal and heard the victim, a 38-year-old man, “pleading for help, and our deputies wasted no time jumping into the water to calm and rescue him. “. person,” said the office.
In the first of two videos, at least two deputies can be seen walking through the canal as a third responder illuminates the scene. “Hey, do you have a friend on the air?” asks the deputy.
The victim gives a slurred response, but the deputy says, “We’re going inside.”
When they try to open the car door upside down, the door handle breaks. In a second video from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies open the door and ask the man if he’s stuck somewhere else. “I’m cold,” he said.
“He is not stuck,” said the deputy. But the man can’t move – “I’m frozen,” he says in a cold voice, so deputies support him before the video ends and he begins to climb out of the wrecked car.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he is expected to recover, the sheriff’s office said.
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The office posted two videos of the deputies’ body cameras on Facebook Wednesday and called the cell phone feature “awesome technology” and a “great job” by the deputies.
The latest devices from Apple – iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch SE (2nd generation) and Apple Watch Ultra – can automatically call emergency services. Google’s Pixel 3 and 4 are also possible.
The sheriff’s office suggested people check if they have the technology on their devices because it could save their lives. “It’s technology you don’t even understand, but this dramatic rescue should remind you of its importance, as well as the importance of sharp dispatchers and brave helpers,” the bureau said.
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