78-year-old woman in good spirits after she was rescued from submerged car

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Eva Mae Chisolm is in good spirits just a day after her car went flying though the air and crashed into a retention pond near a shopping center at Maybank Highway and Main Road.

"My mind was on surviving, trying to stay alive, and that's what I did."

Eva Mae says she fumbled for the door lock and her seat belt but couldn't find them.

"I kept on seem like sinking down, sinking down more, and so I just prayed to the Lord."

Brian White, who works across the street from the retention pond, says he heard the crash and rushed out. He says he dived in and went straight for the driver-side door. He was able to get it open. White says another man on the scene had a knife.

"I heard someone talking about a knife and all of those kinds of things, oh that was a great relief."

Eva Mae says luck isn't what saved her. She says it was her faith.

"It was scary in a way and in a way I don't think so because if you know the Lord, Jesus Christ, as your personal savior, nothing to really be fearful of."

And she says through all of this, she's found a lifelong friend in White.

"I thanked the Lord because if it hadn't been for him then he wouldn't have showed up. He's my angel, got men angels too."