Nurse jumped into Mississauga pond to save driver of a sinking car


Published August 24, 2022 at 3:47 pm

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Bystanders are praising the efforts of a nurse who jumped into a Mississauga pond to save a woman stuck inside a sinking car.

The car went into the pond near Ninth Line and Thomas Street around 10:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, Peel Police Service spokesperson Const. Taryn Hill tells inSauga.

Two bystanders to the incident contacted inSauga to say a nurse rescued the driver of the car. And Hill confirmed a bystander did assist the driver.

Area resident Dee Ashok says she walking in the neighbourhood with a friend when the car zoomed past at a high speed travelling toward the pond.

“And then we heard a loud crash,” Ashok says.

Another car went by and stopped at the pond and a man ran out with his phone, already calling 911.

“So then we rushed over as the man was crossing the street,” says Ashok. “And then we see that there is a car submerged in the pond.”

The car had broken through the fence and landed across the pond. It was sinking very slowly in the pond.

The man, who Ashok later learned was a nurse on his way to a night shift at work, asked her to run back to his car put on his hazard lights. And before she made it back, he had jumped in the pond.

“He went across the pond and he was banging on the door and he was like (shouting), ‘unlock the door, unlock the door now’ and he kept banging on the door,” she says.

Ashok thought the door must have been hard to open because it was already submerged in the water. Two other men arrived to help the nurse open the door.

“This nurse, he ended up pulling her out,” she says.

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He brought her to safety just as emergency crews were arriving. This could have been much worse. In 2016, two men died after their car went into this same pond.

“He was really brave,” she says. “Good people exist in the world and that guy is such a hero.”

The woman was transported to a trauma centre. Hill said her injuries were non-life threatening.

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