Man pulls woman from car submerged in pond

Published: Sep. 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM EDT
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JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A car went barreling into a Johns Island pond Tuesday morning. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle underwater and fighting for her life.

It happened on Maybank Highway just past Main Road.

Crews towed a wrecked PT Crusier soaked with water away from the pond. Now all that's left is the aftermath of the accident.

"Tire marks where she was sliding sideways out of control and went straight into the pond nose first and flipped upside down," said Brian White, the man who rescued the woman.

White's computer business is across the street from where the car crashed into the pond.

"I heard tires screeching, a large crash and ran out the door," said White, "There were people jumping out of vehicles and screaming the car is in the water upside down."

That's when he jumped into action.

Pointing to the pond White said, "So I just came right through here and just dove in and I went straight for the driver side door. It was pretty hard to get it open."

Inside the car he found a woman upside down with her head underwater struggling to get free.

White said "I reached in and tried to free her at first and I couldn't find the release to the seat belt and there was the weight of her as well on the seat belt. There was only one option at that time to eliminate the seat belt."

White says all he could think about during the rescue was cutting the woman free, but says that may not have happened without the help of another man.

"So I came up out of the water and screamed for a knife and a gentleman was in the water, he had a knife ready and handed it to me and we went to work," said White.

As his adrenaline rushed, White says it seemed like it took forever to cut her free, but looking back, he thinks it was more like a minute.

"She had actually inhaled some water and when I pulled her free she was vomiting water," said White, "But once I got her up on her side and she got the water clear she was able to speak and all she could say was praise the Lord and thank you."

Several people congratulated White on the rescue, but he remained humble even after they called him a hero.

"I don't know about that, I just did what any human being would do I guess. It's something I'll never forget," said White.

White wanted to thank the man who gave him the knife but wasn't able to get his name.

The condition of the victim is unknown at this time but White says she seemed to be doing okay when he left.

White sent a letter for her with a police officer asking for her to call.

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