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Two people and their dog rescued from vehicle moments before it sank (video)

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 21, 2018
09:48 A.M.

On August 18, a car drove straight into the water with two passengers and a dog. Bystanders were quick to take action in saving them.

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Another bystander went to alert the Long Beach Fire and Lifeguard station which was closeby. Everyone in the water worked together to save all three passengers.

A captain with a boat-towing service at the Alamitos, Long Beach, California marina, Jeff Jones, recorded the video of rescuers rushing to save three passengers. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“I heard a noise and turned around, and I saw a car drive right past me through a guardrail and into the water,” said Jones. “I’m usually the person who would jump in to help but I had major surgery 10 days ago. So I ran to the long beach fire and lifeguard station, which was literally right there,” he added.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Bystanders joined rescue workers in jumping into the water to save the elderly couple and a dog from drowning the sinking car.

The driver had accidentally crashed through a guardrail at the marina. Lifeguards and others from the city fire department also assisted.

In a statement, the Long Beach Fire Department said, "LBFD Lifeguard units responded to reports of a submerged vehicle just after 1 PM [Saturday]. Lifeguard and vessel assist personnel arrived and made water entry and extricated an elderly couple from the vehicle. Couple was treated on scene and released. Accident under investigation."

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Rescuers were able to pull the woman through a window while other’s worked on saving the dog sitting on the male driver. At one point, the water started closing the driver’s window but rescuers managed to pull him out.

“Everything went really smoothly. I spoke to one of the passengers afterwards, and he said it felt like everything happened in slow motion. It felt like it was not a big deal,” Jones stated.

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