Heroic Miami police officers rescued a three-year-old boy from a car that was sinking into a canal. The youngster, who was trapped inside his car seat, was given CPR and began breathing again after a frantic scramble by cops from the Miami-Dade Police Department in Florida.
The car was submerged for several minutes before officers arrived, and the driver was unable to get his son out of his car seat despite “heroic efforts” by good Samaritans, according to police. Sgt. Edward Webster of the Miami-Dade Police Department said: “It was actually hard to see the car because the car was stuck under the bridge.”
Officers Michael Montesino and Julian Reyes responded to the scene. They said they decided on the way that Reyes would be the one to go into the water so that Montesino could administer CPR to any potential victims.
Officer Junior Clervil explained: “When I got there, I realized that the car was fully submerged. I knew that I had to take action.” The video shows Clervil removing his utility belt as he prepares to enter the water. Officer Emanuel Walton III said: “As a father, when you hear, ‘a child’s underwater in a vehicle and their parent can’t get them out,’ the first emotion that clicks in your head is ‘go’.”