Florida deputy's water rescue captured on body camera

Posted at 12:10 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 12:10:45-05

PALM COAST, Fla.-- A Florida woman, her blind mother, and her mother's guide dog are all okay after crashing into a lake at Waterfront Park in Flagler County.

The sheriff's office released dash cam and body camera video of their rescues.

The crash happened Friday afternoon during a heavy storm.

Lisa Burns says she accidentally drove herself, her mom and her dog into the lake. She was unable to open the doors and the car began filling with water.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Collins and Corporal Myers entered the water and were able to open the driver-side door and assist Burns, Nancy Burns, and their service dog to safety.

Once safely on dry land, Burns explained to deputies that in the heavy rain she tried to turn onto Colbert Lane but misjudged the turn and instead drove straight into the water.

The sheriff says this could have had a very different outcome.

“I am extremely proud of Corporal Myers and Deputy Collins for their quick response to the scene and how they went into the water without hesitation. Driving in the rain can be very dangerous, if at any time you are driving and you feel like the conditions are too hazardous we encourage drivers to pull over at a safe location and wait for the weather to pass," Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.

All of the occupants of the vehicle were medically cleared and left the scene without injury.