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Mesa crews rescue woman from car that went into canal

Posted at 8:43 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 19:20:23-04

Crews from the Mesa Fire Department rescued a woman after her car went into a canal on Monday afternoon during monsoon storms. 

According to fire officials, the incident happened on Bass Pro Drive near Loop 202 and Alma School Road. 

It's unclear at this time how the car ended up in the canal.

The 71-year-old woman was reportedly able to breathe in an air pocket inside the flooded car. Fire officials say the woman suffered minor injuries in the incident. 

"She's very lucky," said Dean Morales, a special operations captain with the Mesa Fire Department. "She's very lucky."

Cell phone video shows a rescuer bringing the woman to the surface. 

"Typically firefighters don't go underwater unless they have scuba equipment," Morales said. "This was one of those operations that you do what it takes."

Morales told ABC15 there was likely an air pocket inside the car that allowed the woman to breathe until crews pried open the door and pulled her out. 

"It's the only explanation we have," Morales said. 

Witness Keven Braegger called it a "miracle" the woman survived. 

"Just how deep that is, how the car is completely underwater, I don't know how anyone can survive that," Braegger said.