New Year’s rescue: Deputies pull woman from submerged car

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s dive team pulled a woman to safety early on New Year’s Day after another driver cut her off on Interstate 4 and her vehicle wound up upside down in a muddy ravine.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman Danny Alvarez says 33-year-old Amanda Antonio’s desperate 911 call came in at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday. He tells news outlets that 13 units raced up and down the interstate near Tampa searching in dense fog to find the drowning woman.

A deputy eventually saw the rear of her car sticking out of waist-deep muddy water. Alvarez says the deputy calmed Antonio and kept her in an air pocket until the dive team arrived.

The dive team finally freed her through the passenger door. Antonio suffered minor injuries


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.