Woman pulled from submerged vehicle, Texas City police say

Police find vehicle upside down in water

TEXAS CITY, Texas - A woman was pulled from a submerged vehicle Tuesday night, the Texas City Police Department said.

Police received a call around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday about a vehicle that left the roadway in the 1000 block of Dike Road and was submerged with the driver inside.

"When I got there, I saw the vehicle was upside down in the water," Officer Shelbi Webb said. "I was the first one there."

The female driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was extracted from the water by police.

Webb, Officer Richard Dricks and Corporal Adan Hernandez were on scene to help.

The rescue took no more than six minutes, but the three Texas City police officers who rescued her say it felt much longer than that.

Dricks jumped in the water.

VIDEO: Bodycam video of submerged vehicle rescue in Texas City

"I started going down the rocks and I realized it was dark, so I asked Officer Webb to pass me a flashlight, which she did," Dricks said.

It took two attempts. The first time Dricks couldn't feel anyone, but on the second try they were able to locate the woman.

"We were able to hear somebody inside the vehicle. I reached inside and after a couple tries, I was able to grasp her hand," Hernandez said.

"They brought her over to the edge and lifted her up to me and at that point she was just thankful," Webb said.

Police said emergency medical services took the woman to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for bruises and later released.

It is unclear what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway, police said. The accident is still under investigation.

Even though the officers haven't seen the woman since the rescue, the incident gave officers a smile on a job that rarely offers the chance.

"Felt real good to at least be a part of something like this," Hernandez said.

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