Woman rescued after car goes into pond in Carmel
Her car was partially submerged when two passing motorists saw the car go into the water at US 421 and Weston Pointe Drive.
A woman was injured when her car went into a retention pond near Carmel Monday morning. Her car was partially submerged when two passing motorists saw the car go into the water at US 421 and Weston Pointe Drive. Read: Woman rescued after car goes into pond in Carmel (WXIN-TV Fox 59)
Fred Robbins,36, says he didn't think twice about jumping into action.
"I just ran over, threw my shoes off and jumped in," said Robbins.
Robbins was taking his daughter, 2, to her annual check-up when he saw Toni Sheehy waving for help. Just feet away, Lorraine Holland was trapped in her Black Altima sinking in a retention pond.
"The car was totally submerged but I didn't see her at all," said Robbins.
It didn't stop him from jumping in the water to get Lorraine out.
"I tried to get the door open and couldn't. I tried to then kick the window and that wouldn't open either."
Robbins then got out of the water. Toni Sheehy, the second good Samaritan, called 9-1-1 and gave Fred a rock.
"I jumped back on top of the car and prayed that God would give me the strength to get the window open. It was about a foot or a foot and a half under the water and it shattered on the first hit."
Fred says the woman floated up and out of the car. He then took hold of her and brought her on shore swimming to safety.
"She was laying there with her feet still in the water, and we laid her on the side and water started coming out of her mouth."
"I kept thinking what are you doing? But I'm so proud of what you're doing at the same time," said Nicole Robbins, Fred's wife who was with him.
"She is lucky to see tomorrow because Fred got in the water and was willing to put his life at risk to rescue her," said Toni Sheehy.
Officials say Lorraine is recovering at Clarian North Hospital.