A Man Miraculously Survives Being Trapped in His Submerged Vehicle for More Than 30 Minutes
A Man Was Trapped in His Submerged Vehicle for More Than 30 Minutes and Survived
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- Stay CalmThe most important thing is stay calm, according to Morss. "Staying calm absolutely is the number one priority," Morss told ABC News. "Once you lose that control you pretty much lose everything else."
- Unbuckle Your Seatbelt"When things go wrong under water, there's not time for any second chances," says Morss. "You have one brief opportunity to get the seatbelt off and get either the window down or the door open and get out of the vehicle," says Morss.
- Try to Exit Through the WindowTry to open a window. As the vehicle begins to fill with water, the first exit to try is through a window. Don't worry if the window is electric: experts say power windows usually keep working under water for some time. If the windshield shatters, use that as an exit.
- Try to Open the DoorIf you can't open a window, calmly wait for the water level inside the car to rise so the pressure equalizes and you can open the door. When a vehicle enters the water, it can be hard to open the door because of the water pressure pushing on it from outside.
- Help Children FirstGet a child out first. If you are with a child, get them out of their car seat and push them through the window or door.
- Swim to the SurfaceThen get out yourself and follow them to the surface.