Local police rescue 80 year old man from submerged car


Officers of the San Fulgencio Local Police rescued an 80-year-old man who had crashed into a ditch while driving his vehicle down a country road in the area.
The alarm was raised by a neighbour at around three in the afternoon who reported that an elderly person was drowning and that he could not get him out of the car because he was wedged inside the vehicle.
Immediately, officers who were on duty in the area rushed to the scene.
The rescue had to be quick, since the vehicle was gradually sinking further into the canal and the victim showed symptoms of exhaustion and hypothermia.
After locating the exact place of the accident, officers could see that the car was almost fully submerged in the water, and its driver was only able to breathe by sticking his head out through a small space in one of the windows. Despite the window being open slightly, the man was having serious difficulty breathing. With no time to lose, the officers jumped into the water. While one officer held the man’s head through the narrow gap in the window, the other officer obtained a tool that was used to break the glass and the officers were able to dislodge the man from inside the vehicle.
With significant effort, the police managed to place the driver, at first, on the roof of the vehicle and, later, they moved him to the edge of the ditch, and with the help of bystanders they managed to get him out of the water.
Finally, the injured man, although he presented symptoms of hypothermia, did not need hospital admission.