Coast Guardsman rescues woman from sinking car

By JEFF HAMPTON | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: April 18, 2019

MOYOCK, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A Coast Guard warrant officer driving home dove into a chilly roadside canal Wednesday to save a woman as her car filled with water.

The 29-year-old woman lost control of her car and drove into a 5-foot-deep canal along Poyners Road near Moyock, according to a news release from the Currituck County Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The car floated to the opposite side of the canal and began to sink. The woman climbed out through the sun roof, but could not swim and panicked, the release said. Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Brundage spotted her as he was driving by, stopped his vehicle and dove into the dark, 50-degree waters to save the woman. First responders arrived moments later. The driver was not injured.

The Currituck Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

"Currituck County is extremely fortunate to have citizens as brave as CWO Brundage living in our Community," Tim Riley, deputy chief of the Currituck Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in the release.

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