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'Break the Glass!': Good Samaritan and Florida Police Team Up to Rescue Woman Trapped in Submerged Car

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Thanks to several good Samaritans and the fast response of two Melbourne Police Department officers, a woman is alive and stable after her car went off the road and into a river, leaving her submerged and unconscious.

Calls came in around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning about a car near Eau Gallie Causeway in Melbourne, Florida, that had flipped into the Indian River.

According to NBC News, one good Samaritan was able to point Officer Peter Dolci III in the right direction when he arrived on the scene, and he approached the vehicle to find another good Samaritan already there, doing his best to keep the unresponsive driver’s head above water.



“Dolci ran over, and observed a 2013 Hyundai on its side submerged in the water, with the driver’s side of the vehicle being completely submerged,” the police department’s news release read.

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The man beside the vehicle was clearly concerned for the female driver, doing his best to assist her and urgently asking Dolci to break the glass so they could move her.

“Can you get this glass bro?” the man asked. “I don’t care if it cuts me, she is going to die, break the glass, man, break the glass, she’s gonna die!”

In a video that has been released of the incident, Dolci can be heard reassuring the man as he dons gloves and peels the glass back.

“You good? You good?” Dolci said to him. “You can drag her out … keep her head above.”

“She needs CPR immediately,” the good Samaritan responded.

Officer Luke Drummer then arrived and assisted Dolci in carrying the woman out of the water — but she was still not responding.

“Dolci was able to extract the driver and with the assistance of Officer Luke Dummer, they were able to carry the driver up the embankment putting them on a level solid surface,” the news release continued. “The driver had no pulse, and was not breathing.”

The officers started CPR until other first responders arrived and took over for them. The woman did respond to the lifesaving measures and started choking up water.

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“They said she had strong vitals and everything like that, so hopefully she pulls through,” Officer Dolci later told WOFL-TV.

The unnamed good Samaritan is also being recognized for his part in the rescue.

“He did a great job,” Dolci said of the earnest man. “He kept his cool.”

According to the Melbourne Police Department, the woman survived and was in stable condition, breathing on her own, by the next morning. Authorities are still looking into the cause of the accident.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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