Firefighters Rescue Arizona Woman Surviving on Air Pocket After Car Falls in Canal

Firefighters Rescue Arizona Woman Surviving on Air Pocket After Car Falls in Canal

Arizona firefighters have released dramatic footage showing the moment a woman was rescued from a car submerged entirely in a canal.

The Mesa Fire and Medical Department managed to pull the woman out from the canal near Alma School Road in northwest Mesa, following recent monsoon conditions in the area.

Emergency services believe the woman, who is in her 50s, was able to survive being trapped underwater by breathing in an air pocket inside the vehicle.

“It's the only explanation we have,” Dean Morales, special operations captain with the Mesa Fire Department, told reporters. “She’s very lucky.”

Morales added that usually firefighters do not attempt an underwater rescue unless they have the proper diving equipment. "This was one of those operations that you do what it takes,” he said.

One of the first responders on the scene was able to force the door open and pull the woman out.

Eyewitness Keven Braegger added it was a "miracle" that the woman survived.

"Just how deep that is, how the car is completely underwater, I don't know how anyone can survive that," Braegger said.

According , the woman even managed to call police from inside the car to say she was trapped, before the line went dead.

Following the dramatic rescue, the department said the woman only suffered minor injuries.

It is unclear how the car ended up in the canal, or how long it had been submerged. However, it is believed the recent unsettled weather across Arizona may have played a part.

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Tags: WTF, Vehicles, Flood, Car, Submerged, Rescue, Firefighters, Mesa, Arizona

Location: Mesa, Arizona

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