MIAMI (CBS4)- It was a daring rescue as bystanders attempted to help a woman out of her car after the woman drove into a canal Friday in Northwest Miami-Dade. Though their efforts were unsuccessful, the woman was pulled from the car by police divers.

Miami- Dade police were able to step in and rescue the woman, but police are investigating why the incident happened.

According to investigators, the woman was traveling southbound on 144th Avenue and SW 11th Street in a Toyota Camry when she made a few u-turns, lost control of her vehicle and went into the canal.

Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Division Chief Vincent Lombardi said witnesses attempted to rescue the woman from the car, but were unsuccessful.

“Bystanders stated that they saw a car go in the canal behind us and several of the witnesses jumped in the canal to try to help the driver out of the car,” he said. “The car went underwater and they were not able to assist the driver out of the vehicle. Our divers, after a short search, were able to locate the vehicle and remove the driver out of the car.”

Police said the woman was under water for 15 minutes before she was pulled out unconscious by divers.

According to the police report, the woman was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where she is in critical condition.


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