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Driver rescued after car plunges into canal

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pulls the driver from the canal. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pulls the driver from the canal.

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two Good Samaritans dove into a canal to help pull a 77-year-old woman out of a South Florida canal after her car plunged into the water, Friday.

Officials said the woman was conscious and talking after she was pulled out of the canal in Northeast Miami-Dade around 5:30 p.m. Police think that the driver lost control of her vehicle.

Two men working at a nearby construction site on Northeast 192nd Street and 26th Avenue said they saw the woman's Honda Civic go into the canal. "We were working at the job site; suddenly a car went into the water," said Edward Nunez through a Spanish translator. "My co-worker and I leapt into the water."

Nunez and his colleague, Edward Martinez, then swam to the nearly submerged sedan. "The car's window was open; she was screaming for help," said Nunez.

Fire rescue officials said the Good Samaritans pulled the driver out just before her vehicle went completely underwater. "At the time our units arrived, there was a vehicle that was fully submerged," said a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman.

"When I entered the water, I found an elderly woman and two males clutching to the roof of a vehicle," said one of the firefighters who responded. "That's when I was able to go in and use my training to rescue the elderly woman and bring her to shore."

Firefighters said the woman was shaken but able to talk. They said she told them she wanted to thank those two Good Samaritans.

"I feel good having done a great honor, but everyone else would have done the same thing," said Nunez. "You don't think about it, you act on it."

Firefighters said they took the woman to a local hospital in stable condition. They said it did not appear that she had suffered any life-threatening injuries.

The woman's Honda Civic was later removed from the canal.

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