Annually, nearly 400 people die due to their car being submerged underwater during an accident. According to an analysis conducted by Gordon Giesbrecht who is a Canadian researcher, a lot of people who get stuck in this situation usually end up doing the wrong thing.
Below video demonstrates how Geoff Fahringer who is an expert diver roll and old vehicle down a ramp into an 8-foot deep canal with him inside it. Later in the video, he demonstrates the same while having several people inside the vehicle. For over a decade, he has been a member of a dive rescue team for the Collier County Sheriff’s department in Naples, Fla.
The conclusion which Gordon Giesbrecht derived in his study was that there simply isn’t enough time for rescuers to reach you in this type of a situation, you have to do it for yourself.
In his words, “We’re telling people that you have to get out of the vehicle before the water gets up against the windows, and that’s really in the first 30 to 60 seconds.”, he further stated not to reach for your cell phone once you hit the water. “Don’t call 9-1-1 from inside a sinking vehicle”.
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