Bodycam captures deputy and Amazon driver rescuing elderly couple and caregiver from submerged car
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FLORIDA: Responding to an unrelated call, a sheriff's deputy found a delivery driver in the water saving people who were trapped inside an overturned car in a muddy canal. An elderly couple and their caregiver were trapped inside the car that overturned and partially submerged in a Florida canal on October 8. The moment the sheriff's deputy arrives at the dramatic scene is captured on body cam video released by the Indian County Sheriff's department.
Deputy Dan Whittington was attending to another call when he passed the flipping car and entered the canal to help the Amazon driver. He was saving a woman who was wearing scrubs by removing her from the back of the vehicle. Thankfully, the two women from the car only had minor injuries, which were treated at a nearby hospital after the rescue.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office posted the video of the rescue on their Facebook page and wrote, "While Deputy Dan Whittington was on his way to an unrelated call, he happen to look over and see a partially submerged vehicle upside down in a canal. Deputy Whittington immediately took action and descended himself into the canal to rescue the occupants inside the vehicle."
The elderly couple and their caretaker were reportedly traveling in the car when it crashed and ended up in the canal, east of the Indian River Mall and close to Vero Beach, reported Daily Mail. Deputy Patrick Newman showed up later to help with the rescue. As the shocked woman is being removed from the car, deputy Newman can be heard assuring her, "We got you, we got you."
Speaking to local news station WPTV, Whittington said, "I was actually kind of shocked to see the car upside down. I think I was put there for a reason and just there at the right time, and I'm glad we were able to get all three of them out of the car." The car also had an elderly man trapped inside. "If we hadn't gotten there, he would've definitely drowned because he was ready to give up. I am happy that I was there to help, but do I consider myself a hero? No, I don't consider myself a hero," Whittington added.
Indian River County Fire Rescue assisted in the rescue but has not yet been able to identify the Amazon driver. The footage is from Deputy Newman’s body-worn camera.