One woman is very lucky to be alive after her car went off a car park’s rock wall and plunged straight into the harbor below and quickly began to sink.
The terrified woman had pressed her head up against her BMW’s rear window as the car’s front was quickly getting submerged into the Waitemata Harbor in Auckland, New Zealand..
Fortunately witnesses of the incident, which took place at 3 pm on Tuesday, called emergency services and the quickly arrived policemen immediately sprang into action and jumped into the water. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The petrified woman was squashed up against the rear window as the front end of the car was rapidly submerging into the Waitemata Harbor in Auckland, New Zealand, at 3pm on Tuesday.
2. Fortunately witnesses called emergency services as quick-thinking policemen arrived and sprung straight into action by jumping into the water with one officer attempting to smash the window with a baton.
The police officers could not open the car’s doors, so one of them tried to smash the window with a baton, but with no luck. Then another officer grabbed a rock and shattered the rear window.
The woman was quickly pulled to safety by the two heroic policemen — Paul Watts and Simon Russell. The officers described the rescue to The New Zealand Herald and revealed that they believe the woman could have been less than a minute away from drowning. Mr. Russell said:
When we entered the water, I was talking to one of the (members of the public) who was trying to balance the vehicle and he said he was looking for a rock to try and smash the window.
He added that, once his baton failed to break the window, he successfully broke through it with a rock, but by this time the car was sinking at a rapid rate.
3. Officers Paul Watts (left) and Simon Russell (right) then dragged the 63-year-old woman from the car to safety.
4. The sunken BMW is frightening proof that the woman would not have made it without the help of the quick-thinking policemen.
Mr. Russell said:
At that time the car actually started to move very fast into the water. I was trying to hold the car, slowing it down from entering the water.
Mr. Watts and Mr. Russell then pulled the woman out of the car to safety, adding that they got her out just in time. Mr Watts told The NZ Herald:
It was pretty close, probably 30 or 40 seconds after we managed to get the female out of the car, the car was already slipping further into the water.
I’d say she’d probably only had maximum probably another minute, minute-and-a-half if she hadn’t got out.
In another interview, Mr. Watts described the rescue as “pretty much part of a routine job being a police officer”, saying that the whole episode played out in about 40 seconds. The BMW was completely submerged just a minute after the woman was freed from it.
5. The woman is lucky to be alive after the frightening accident where her car careered into the harbor.
On Tuesday afternoon, the two police officers received a call from Police Commissioner Mike Bush, who commended them on their efforts. According to Stuff.co.nz, Mr. Watts told the commissioner:
It’s just another day on the job, Sir.
Detective Sergeant Callum McNeill told reporters that police were still trying to figure out how the incident occurred.
He said that the woman, who was in shock following the rescue, got away with just a “few cuts and bruises and is lucky to be alive”, according to Stuff.co.nz.
6. A tow truck starts to pull the car out of Waitemata Harbor in Auckland as a police officer watches on.
Erwin Kampos, who was fishing nearby, saw the car plunge straight into the harbor after driving over the Northcote Point Ferry Terminal’s car park rock wall and immediately got into the water to try to smash the window. He said:
The two police officers smashed the back windscreen, I tried to smash the sides and they didn’t want to break. We were running out of time because the vehicle was filling up.
Another witness said he saw how the car was “filling up fast” and added that the officers got to the woman “just in the nick of time”.
The unidentified woman is now in hospital in a stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
7. The woman is very lucky to be alive after her car went off a car park’s rock wall and plunged straight into the harbor below.
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