Maryland Water Rescue Team Rescues Driver From Sinking Car During Training Exercise

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Callan Tansill-Suddath
The aegis

HAVRE DE GRACE, Maryland – A filmed training exercise that aimed to produce a volunteer recruiting video took a serious turn on Sunday when the Susquehanna Hose Company was called in to rescue a man from a submerged car at Tydings Park in Havre of Grace.

The Susquehanna Hose Company’s rescue boat and dive team were in the water conducting a rescue drill at Tydings Park when a car left the marina parking lot, trapping the driver.

Lt. Alex Jackson smashed the driver’s window, and Captain Mary Walsh – who was already wearing the proper life-saving gear – removed the driver from his vehicle before he was overwhelmed.

“If the car had only arrived a few seconds later, it would have struck the boat,” Scott Hurst, head of the Susquehanna Hose Company, told The Aegis.

Hurst also credits the First Arriving film crew for the role they played in creating the video.

He says this video can now also educate people about how quickly things can escalate when a car falls under water.

“It probably would have been an unfortunate and different outcome if we hadn’t been there,” said Hurst.

The driver was taken by the Havre de Grace Paramedic to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Trauma Center. Hurst says he’s in stable condition.

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