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First Responders, Citizens Make Dramatic Rescue After Vehicle Crashes Into Retention Pond

ⓒ FCSO

PALM COAST – A man was saved from drowning Sunday by the quick response of law enforcement, firefighters, and civilians after his vehicle flipped into an off-ramp retention pond in Palm Coast. The incident occurred at I-95 and Palm Coast Parkway.

The driver is said to have lost control of his vehicle, according to a statement from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. His vehicle flipped into the pond, entering the water upside down with the driver still inside. It was confirmed during the incident that no other occupants were inside the vehicle, despite there being a child car seat in the back.

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After freeing the driver from the vehicle, responders began administering CPR on the shoreline. He was then transported to the hospital for further treatment, still alive. “Thanks to everyone’s quick action and bravery, the driver was able to be located quickly and life saving measures were immediately given,” said Sheriff Rick Staly in the FCSO’s statement. “We pray the driver makes a full recovery. Thank you to the citizens who also jumped in to help.”

Dramatic video of the rescue was released by the FCSO, available below.

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

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  1. TR

    April 19, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Wonder why the driver lost control. My guess not paying attention and going to fast coming of I-95. But could have a medical episode. People definitely need to concentrate on the task at hand, DRIVING.

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