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Satellite Beach woman rescued from sinking car

Driver became disoriented during heavy rain

A large tow truck hoisted a submerged 2017 Toyota out of a canal near the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. (Photo courtesy of Indian Harbour Beach Police)
A large tow truck hoisted a submerged 2017 Toyota out of a canal near the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. (Photo courtesy of Indian Harbour Beach Police)

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – Eau Gallie Yacht Club employees rushed to a car that was sinking in a canal, used a tire iron to break the sunroof, and pulled a 61-year-old Satellite Beach woman to safety during Sunday's record-breaking rainfall.

The woman became disoriented because it was rainy and hard to see at about 8:05 p.m., and she drove her white 2017 four-door Toyota down a boat ramp into the water, according to an Indian Harbour Beach police narrative.

"She got disoriented on the property there and thought she was taking a road exiting the yacht club. She ended up going down a boat ramp into the canal," Indian Harbour Beach Police Cmdr. Ralph Garcia told News 6 partner Florida Today.

The current pulled the car toward the middle of the canal where it began to sink. Worse, the doors were locked and the windows were rolled up, Garcia said.

"They did a stand-up job. Without hesitation — before our officers got on scene or any rescue personnel — they took action and rescued the driver. They should be commended," Garcia said.

A large tow truck hoisted the submerged Toyota out of the canal on Monday.

The Indian Harbour Beach City Council will likely honor the rescuers during a future meeting, Garcia said.

Indian Harbour Beach received 7.64 inches of rain Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

Some yacht club employees were injured by broken glass while pulling the woman to safety. Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel treated those staffers at the scene.

By the time Indian Harbour Beach police arrived, the vehicle was completely submerged.