Watch the heart-stopping moment a woman who can't swim is pulled from her sinking car by Good Samaritans just SECONDS before it is completely submerged

  • Cynthia Garza, 35, was taking her car to the repair shop because of a steering issue when she careered off the road in Sanford, Florida, and crashed into a retention pond
  • Not being able to swim, she called 911 for help, but struggled to give them her location
  • Within minutes, a group of men stopped to help
  • Using a flat bed utility, they pulled the mother-of-two from her vehicle right before it sunk

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A group of passers-by have managed to pull a woman who couldn't swim from her sinking car just seconds before it was completely swallowed by a retention pond.

The dramatic rescue, which occurred around 3.30pm Wednesday in Sanford, Florida, was captured on video.

Cynthia Garza, 35, broke down as she relived the moment, saying she is thankful not just to the good Samaritans who saved her but for the fact she dropped her children at home just before the accident, otherwise they would have been trapped with her.

The mother-of-two was taking her car to the shop because of a steering issue when she lost control of the Nissan and ended up in a deep pool of water at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Country Club Road.

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A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Lucky to be alive: Cynthia Garza barely made it out of her sinking car in Sanford, Florida, after she crashed into a retention pond. She was rescued by a group of men who stopped to help

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Overcome: Cynthia Garza breaks down as she relives the moment she crashed her car into a retention pond and was saved by a team of good Samaritans who were driving past and stopped to help

Garza called Seminole County 911 dispatchers to get help, but she struggled to explain exactly where she was following the crash.

Within three minutes the car was full of water, according to WFTV.

At around four minutes into the 911 call, a group of men backed a flat bed utility up next to Garza.

 

Within a minute they had pulled her to safety.

Seconds later the car is completely submerged.

Luckily Garza was alone in the car at the time. 

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Footage captured by a Seminole County Sheriff's Department helicopter in Sanford, Florida, shows how, within minutes of crashing into a retention pond, passers-by stop to help Cynthia Garza. Here the men are devising a plan to get her out

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Cynthia Garza told 911 dispatchers she didn't want to open the door to her car because she can't swim and didn't know if she would walk through the marsh to dry land

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Rescue in progress: The passers-by begin backing up the utlity to get Cynthia Garza out

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

'We're coming in': The men prepare to pull out Cynthia Garza

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Almost there: Cynthia Garza climbs out of her vehicle and into the arms of her rescuer

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

'You're safe now': Cynthia Garza makes it to the flat bed

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

As the utility drives forward to dry land, the movement of Cynthia Garza climbing out pushes the car further underwater

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Gone: Within seconds of the escape, the car is swallowed by the retention pond


'I dropped my kids off home actually, because I wanted to take the car to the shop, and if I hadn't dropped them off they would still be in the car with me,' a tearful Garza told WFTV.

One of the men who saved Garza, Brad Rupert, described what happened.

'We put her on the flat bed and she touched her feet on the ground and took two steps and the car was gone,' he said.

During the 911 call, Garza said the car had been 'pulling' and that she was en route to the repair shop.

'My car was having some issues where it was shaking a lot and it jerked off the road,' she said.

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

Relieved: Cynthia Garza hugs a relative, believed to be her mother, following her rescue

A group of good Samaritans pulled a woman from her car just before it sank into a Sanford retention pond.

One of the rescuers, Brad Rupert, who owned the flat bed utility that saved Cynthia Garza, describes how quickly the car was lost to the water

Garza said she can't thank her rescuers enough.

'They definitely deserve every gift, every blessing, every wonderful thing in life, because they didn't have to stop,' she said.

A Seminole County Sheriff's Department helicopter flew over the pond and captured the rescue on video.

While the car is completely ruined, an investigation will now determine what went wrong with the vehicle and how it ended up careering off the road.

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Good for these men! She's very lucky they were there. I can understand her being frightened but she should have made some move to help herself.

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I will bet money she was following her GPS.

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The men are heroes. Now, why is there anyone who can't swim today?

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I wouldve left her, why risk it.

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These guys risked their property and saved a life. They should be properly awarded as they could have lost their truck or even died. Bravo.

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Give the guys a medal. Is there a medal for this sort of thing?

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