Coast Guardsman rescues woman after car veers into water

By on April 17, 2019

The woman escaped through the sunroof. (Currituck County Fire and EMS)

A passing Coast Guardsman jumped into a frigid canal Wednesday to rescue a woman whose car had veered off Poyners Road in Currituck County.

The 29-year-old driver of the vehicle was stranded after climbing through the sunroof, according to a statement from Currituck County Fire and EMS Chief Ralph Melton. The car had floated for about 15 feet before starting to fill with water.

“U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Brundage of Currituck was driving home when he spotted the woman on the roof of the vehicle,” the statement said. “She was in a state of panic because she couldn’t swim.”

Although the water in the canal is only about 5 feet deep, the water temperature was estimated to be 50 degrees and Brundage said he couldn’t stand because the bottom was too silty.

Brundage swam out to the woman and brought her to shore as rescue workers were arriving at the scene near Moyock.

The woman was assessed by Currituck County EMS but declined treatment. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The Crawford Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

“Currituck County is extremely fortunate to have citizens as brave as CWO Brundage living in our Community,” the statement said.

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