Incredible photos capture rescue of woman trapped inside sinking car

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NEW ZEALAND- An incredible rescue by two police officers who saved a woman trapped inside of her sinking car.

The dramatic photos show the car submerged in a fisherman’s harbor after it drove off of a rock wall on Auckland’s North Shore.

Officers Paul Watts and Simon Russell responded to the call around 3 p.m on Tuesday.

Two witnesses were trying to hold up and balance the half submerged car when they arrived.

The woman moved to the backseat and  was pushed up against the rear window, grasping for air as the front of the car rapidly filled up with water.

Unable to open the door, the officers smashed the back windshield with a rock and pulled her to safety.

They say she was less than a minute away from drowning.

The 63-year-old woman was taken to the hospital. She had no injuries and  was in stable condition.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush praised the officers for their courage saying, “Their actions took guts and, with assistance from a member of the public, they put the safety of others first to ensure that this incident was successfully resolved.”

 

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