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Driver pulled from car submerged in Cape Coral canal

Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-27 14:29:13-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral Fire Department responded to a car in a canal at NE 9th Avenue Saturday morning, around 5:30 a.m.

Once on scene, firefighter Kyle Mann swam out to the submerged car and used a life hammer to break the car window.

With assistance from Cape Coral Police Department officers, Mann was able to pull Flabia Paredes-Lamas out of the car and brought her to shore.

According to the 9-1-1 call, she told police she had crashed into a canal, and the water inside the car was filling up quickly. She said she was unable to break open the window and she was done to her last breath.

The victim regained consciousness and was breathing and she was taken to the hospital.

One of the officers injured his hands during the rescue and was treated.

CCFD cleared the car and the canal for any other possible victims.

Paredes-Lamas was later arrested for driving under the influence and was taken to Lee County Jail.