Officials say two men rescue elderly woman from partially submerged car

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Published: Oct. 26, 2019 at 10:28 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press

October 26, 2019

VENICE, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say two men were able to rescue an elderly woman from a partially submerged car near a boat ramp in Florida.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that the 81-year-old woman was found early Thursday after driving into the water nearly 10 hours earlier at the Higel Marine Park boat ramp in Venice.

Rob Goodman spotted the car and enlisted the help of Ed Coster. When they saw a hand come out the window, Goodman called 911 and Coster jumped in the water and pulled the woman from the car.

By the time Venice firefighters arrived, about eight inches (20 centimeters) of the vehicle remained above the water. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Fire Lt. Derek Lowery says the woman had apparently been trying to turn into the park and drove down the boat ramp by accident.