A dramatic water rescue in Mercer County Wednesday afternoon came just minutes after the Princeton Fire Department got a call about an SUV that had gone into Brush Creek.
“The fire department arrived on scene to find the car floating down the creek due to the swift water,” explained Chief Chad Bailey.
Inside were a woman and a child at the mercy of the water. The SUV bobbed downstream about 150-feet before the occupants caught a lucky break.
“The car got caught on a bridge post. It stopped the car,” Bailey said.
The boy, about 8-years-old, managed to climb out of the vehicle and some bystanders pulled him up the bank to safety. The driver was trapped inside but firefighters made quick work of reaching her.
“The fire department had to get inside the car, gain entry to get the driver out” Chief Bailey told MetroNews. “They brought her up through the back window.”
She was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital for evaluation.
What could have been a tragedy turned into a triumph for Bailey’s firefighters. He says they are well-trained.
“This is the second rescue we’ve had in a little over a week,” the chief said. “We rescue a lady out of a house fire and now we’ve rescued this lady from the car. It’s good to know that my guys are trained well enough to handle the situation to where they are out there saving lives.”
A medical condition may have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and end up in the water. Bailey says she and the boy are very lucky to be alive.