KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (CBS) — A vehicle plunged into a creek, sinking with a woman inside. The first responder who raced into the water to help is talking about the dangerous rescue that was nothing short of a miracle.
We are told the woman climbed to the backseat for air as water quickly filled up the inside. She had a 6- inch air pocket.Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North Philadelphia
Thankfully, an officer was able to pull her out. He says someone was watching over her.
It was a last-minute save in Kennett Square.
Officer Mark Todd jumped into action to save a driver who went off the road and deep down into a creek along West Cypress Street Monday morning.
“I dropped my duty gear, went into the water. I did pretty much what I assume any other officer would do, broke out the back window,” Officer Todd said.
Todd used a commercial vehicle inspection tool he had in his car to smash the glass of the woman’s SUV. It was a race against time as water quickly filled the car and the woman screamed for help.
“I opened the door and then the vehicle was sinking as I was getting her out,” Todd said.READ MORE: Officials Hold 'People Over Politics' Press Conference To Call For Changes In Rules For Pennsylvania Politicians
“At the time, she had like a 6-inch window of air pocket left so the stars aligned for her,” an official said.
During the daring rescue, Todd says the water was up to his chest and he could no longer stand. The water temperature was also extremely cold.
“Adrenaline was going, I didn’t even feel the temperature to be honest,” he said.
The red car was pulled from the water. You can see the damage and the smashed windows as it was towed away.
After an unexpected call, Todd says this is what being a police officer is all about.
“The whole reason I signed up to be a police officer and chose this line of work is to help people and incidents like this is what makes the job what it is,” he said.MORE NEWS: Northeast Extension Reopens After Multi-Vehicle Crash Between Quakertown, Lansdale Monday Morning
The driver was treated and is expected to be OK.