It was a terrifying moment at an inlet in southern California when a truck suddenly plunged into the water. Fortunately, some Good Samaritans happened to witness this and jumped in to help.
On Aug. 18, 2018, 87-year-old Mary Watkins, of West Covina, and her son Larry, together with her Chihuahua, were heading to Alamitos Bay Marina to rent a boat when their truck crashed through the barrier and went into the water.
Larry, 67, was wearing a medical boot due to a foot surgery, and the boot got caught on the accelerator, thus resulting in the accident.
LBFD Lifeguard units responded to reports of a submerged vehicle just after 1pm today. LIfeguard and vessel assist personnel arrived and made water entry and extricated an elderly couple from the vehicle. Couple was treated on scene and released. Accident under investigation. pic.twitter.com/OaSU2kZ1mV
— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@lbfd) August 19, 2018
“They just came barreling right through,” a witness, Jeff Jones, told CBSLA. “I turned around, and you know, it was just one of those things.
“It was very hectic the fire trucks came, the local Marine patrol came. It just got pretty chaotic, very fast.”
When those nearby saw the truck going under the water, many leaped into action.
“We were ready to break that driver’s side window, but the door happened to be unlocked and we were able to open the door,” Mike Del Grande told InsideEdition.
Jeff Perez, who also jumped into the water to help, noted how calm Mary was the whole time.
“She was surprisingly calm for the situation. I thought it was actually kind of funny too in the midst of all the craziness that she was more concerned about her hair getting wet and her lipstick, and thankfully, we were able to keep that dry for her,” Perez said in an interview with InsideEdition.
It was fortunate that no one was seriously hurt, and the mother, son, and dog were rescued safely thanks to the quick actions of fellow bystanders.
Perez for one, wouldn’t hesitate to do it again in a heartbeat.
“I would just hope people would do the right thing and that’s what we’re all here for, to be here for one another and for support,” he said.
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