Woman Pulled From Submerged Car

By Nina Martensson and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:09 PM PDT
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U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a driver from a car that landed upside-down in a lagoon off Interstate 5 near Highway 78 in Carlsbad.

The agents were working in the area around midnight Wednesday when they were flagged down by a driver parking on the shoulder of the highway.

The driver told them a car had driven off the highway into the water. Agents said they heard the sound of a horn in the distance and ran towards it.

Another person was outside the car, trying to open the front passenger door but seemed to be having trouble because of the mud, agents said.

So the agents pried the driver's side door open and found a woman in the rear passenger area of the car. There was just enough air space between the water level and the floor board, for the woman to stay alive, while agents got to her.

The woman was evaluated by local fire and EMS at the scene, and sustained no significant injuries, agents said. 

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