By CBSMiami.com Team

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.

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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.

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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.

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Officials say he is expected to make a full recovery.

CBSMiami.com Team