‘I’m freezing:’ Florida man rescued after cellphone sends SOS alert while vehicle submerged

Body camera video shows intense rescue moments in canal

Martin County body cam footage of car crash. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – A man was rescued from his overturned vehicle in a Florida canal after the impact of the crash triggered his cellphone to send an SOS alert, officials said.

Martin County deputies responded to the distress signal, which led to the rescue of the 38-year-old, who was in his upside down car in the water.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday when the victim crashed while trying to avoid hitting an animal in the road, deputies said.

The SOS signal alerted dispatchers to the longitude and latitude of the crash site.

When deputies arrived, they noticed a car flipped over in the canal, and they could hear the man yelling for help.

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Based on body cam video, deputies jumped into the dark, murky water and tried to pry the door open to create a way for him to get out.

Before trying to pull him to safety, they made sure he wasn’t stuck or suffering from any injuries.

In the video, you can also hear deputies comfort the victim throughout the process. One deputy is heard saying, “C’mon buddy, you’re doing it,” and another said, “There you go, buddy.”

Deputies said the man was taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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