Police in Muncie, Indiana, had absolutely no time to spare when a frantic woman called 911 around 1:20 a.m. on Sunday to report that her vehicle was quickly sinking in a local river — and she was trapped inside.
“I’m in the White River and my car doors won’t open. I don’t know what happened,” the frantic 18-year-old victim told authorities. “I think my eyes went blank or something. Again, in the river and I can’t get out.”
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As authorities rushed to the scene, the woman let dispatch know the water was starting to fill the inside of the car.
“It’s so cold and it’s coming up to my neck,” she said through tears. “It’s not stopping.”
Quick-thinking cops arrived at the scene, jumped into the water and tried to open the doors — to no avail. The officers remained undeterred as they battled a strong current as well as the car’s continued descent.
Watch the harrowing rescue, which was captured on dashcam footage:
“I tried to open the doors, and the driver’s side and the back driver’s side wouldn’t open up,” Officer Casey Bell told WTHR-TV.
That’s when officers used their batons to smash the car windows and were able to successfully rescue the woman, who was the only passenger inside. She was left with non-life-threatening injuries, according to WBTV-TV.
Sgt. James Lenox — an officer involved in the rescue — delivered a reminder of the heroism displayed and the difficult circumstances some officers face in the line of duty.
“You talk to any police officer, he’ll be more than happy to tell you he would jump into the water to save somebody,” he said.
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