Man rescued after vehicle becomes submerged in Pearl River

Man rescued after vehicle becomes submerged in Pearl River

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A man was rescued by a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputy and two Good Samaritans when his vehicle became partially submerged in the Pearl River after an accident.

The incident happened Jan. 18. Police said the driver was traveling west when he lost control, traveled down a steep embankment and came to rest in the river between the eastbound and westbound spans of Interstate 10.

The vehicle's passenger side was submerged in about 3-4 feet of water, and the driver was wedged into the passenger-side seat area.

Deputies Zachary Bruno and Shawn Barrow were the first to arrive on the scene. Bruno entered the frigid water and he, Barrow and an unidentified woman who saw the accident were able to keep the driver's head and neck stabilized through the open window. A second unidentified Good Samaritan, who happened to be an EMT, arrived with his medical bag.

Bruno and the woman were able to place a C-collar on the driver and stayed with him in the water, keeping him calm and stable, until fire district and EMS personnel arrived, according to a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office news release.

The driver was hospitalized with leg and other injuries.

The accident investigation was turned over to State Police.

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