COLLIER COUNTY (CBSMiami) – A Florida man has an incredible story of survival to tell after being pinned underwater by a heavy lawnmower and making a miraculous recovery thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement and bystanders.
Celestino Palacio, of Bonita Springs, was mowing on an incline when he and the 1,000-pound lawnmower toppled over into a pond.READ MORE: 2 Of South Florida’s Top Cops React To Miami-Dade Mayor’s White House Visit For Gun Violence Discussion
Palacio, wearing a seatbelt, couldn’t get free and remain submerged under water, trapped by the heavy machinery, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.READ MORE: Miami Dolphins Team Up With Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Broward For Pride Month Initiative
The police department says he was trapped underwater for at least five minutes before a deputy and bystanders were able to lift the heavy lawnmower and get him out.
Palacio, who was not breathing, was administered CPR and he regained consciousness.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Department Fires Deputy Chief Ronald Papier, Commander Nerly Papier
Officials say he is expected to make a full recovery.