A man who landed his semi-truck in the bottom of a canal in an accident Thursday morning is alive after being recued by two brave fire fighters.
The team of fire fighter-divers helped the man after he reportedly lost control, crossed the lanes of traffic headed west and crashed through a fence and into the canal.
Aaron Odum and Justin Beasley were the two brave firefighters who pulled the man to safety.
Getting the driver out wasn’t easy, thankfully Beasley and the rest of the dive team had their new underwater communication system which helped them maneuver and communicate in the dark and murky waters.
Golden Gate fire dive instructor Brian Brauvais says he tried for years to find the right communications system.
“We tested out several systems and luckily through a federal grant we were able to get the money to purchase this system,” Brauvais said.
It’s a system that’s only two months old, a system that helped save a driver many are calling lucky.
“This gentleman is extremely lucky to be alive from what they were saying was an air pocket in the vehicle, which is, unless you watch TV, extremely rare in real life that will ever happen,” Brauvais said.
The driver, 39-year-old Rodriguez Eduardo Perez, was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.