Broken Arrow water rescue caught on camera

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Quick Facts:

  • Broken Arrow firefighters and some Good Samaritans made a water rescue today after a car flipped into School Creek.
  • It happened near Kenosha between 209th and Oneta Road on Friday.
  • A FOX23 viewer sent in video of the rescue. Watch it below:

A handful of Good Samaritans, and Broken Arrow firefighters, became heroes Friday when they helped rescue a woman trapped in a flooded car.

It happened Friday along Kenosha between 209th and Oneta Road.

Those who witnessed the crash, including FedEx driver James Carter, knew the driver only had a matter of minutes to survive the crash. That’s why he and several others jumped into the flooded creek.

This viewer video shows several people, including Carter, jump in to help the woman trapped inside:

“Someone is in need and needed out of that car quick. No sense in standing around. There’s no way I could have seen that happen and drive away from it,” Carter said.

This video shows firefighters using a ladder to help the woman crawl out of the car and to safety:

"I really didn't think she was going to make it out alive. She had been under there for so long," said witness Kara Copes.

Copes told FOX23 that before Carter jumped in, others worked to smash the SUV's windows to help the woman get out.

Hear from the FedEx driver who helped with the rescue:

After firefighters arrived, they used a ladder to help the woman climb to safety. Officials told FOX23 she was fortunate to walk away unharmed.

"I know the driver didn't intend for that to happen, but that's how fast accidents like this occur," said Broken Arrow deputy fire chief James Suddath.

Officials told FOX23 that if the water were any higher, it's likely the car would have been swept away.

FedEx released a statement about the rescue:

"FedEx Ground commends this service provider employee who went above and beyond to aid a fellow motorist facing a dire situation. We are relieved that everyone was able to safely escape the floodwaters."


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