Woman stuck in submerged car for 10 hours is rescued

Fla. woman rescued from submerged car

Officials say two men were able to rescue an elderly woman from a partially submerged car near a boat ramp in Florida. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that the 81-year-old woman was found early Thursday after driving into the water nearly 10 hours earlier at the Higel Marine Park boat ramp in Venice.

On its Facebook page, the Venice Police Department posted images of the aftermath and surveillance video of the car entering the water.

Emergency responders are at the Higel Boat Ramp with a submerged vehicle. A kayaker going out for a morning paddle found…

Posted by Venice Police Department on Thursday, October 24, 2019

**NEW VIDEO** from the Venice Fire Department showing the 81-year-old driver entering the water at the Higel Marine Park boat ramp (top left) Wednesday night. The woman was rescued early Thursday morning by a kayaker and a paddleboarder.

Posted by Venice, Florida Municipal Government on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Rob Goodman was kayaking when he spotted the car and enlisted the help of Ed Coster, who was on a paddleboard. When they saw a hand come out the window, Goodman called 911 and Coster jumped in the water and pulled the woman from the car.

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By the time Venice firefighters arrived, about eight inches of the vehicle remained above the water. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Fire Lt. Derek Lowery says the woman had apparently been trying to turn into the park and drove down the boat ramp by accident.

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