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Woman, Son Escape Sinking Car In Deerfield Beach Lake

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A chain was attached to the vehicle before it was pulled out of the canal. (Source: Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel)

A chain was attached to the vehicle before it was pulled out of the canal. (Source: Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel)

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DEERFIELD BEACH (CBS4)- A woman and her two-year-old son were able to escape their vehicle before it ended up in a lake in Deerfield Beach Saturday.

Brake failure was the reason the 1985 Mercedes ended up in a lake behind the Tivoli Park apartment complex in Deerfield Beach, the driver’s father told the Sun Sentinel.

“I went over there to see if I could hear any noise of anybody in the vehicle or anything of that manner,” said Harry Magro.

Witnesses said the woman was able to jump out of the car and pull her two year her child out before the car went into the water.

“The brakes gave out on the car and she jumped out of it and the car went into the lake,” Lonnie Johnson said.

He would not reveal the name of his daughter or her two-year-old son who she rescued from the sinking car.

Divers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office located the car. The Sun Sentinel reported that the car was upside down in 17 to 20 feet of water about 20 feet from shore, officials said.

A hook and a wrecker hauled the vehicle out of the lake and across the grass on its hood as a crowd of neighbors watched.

The mother and child suffered no injuries, according to Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Sun Sentinel contributed material for this report)

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