JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WJXT) – Cellphone video captured a dramatic rescue in Florida when a group of Jacksonville football players pulled a man to safety after driving his car into a pond.
Every Saturday, the Jacksonville Flag Football League plays at Blue Cypress Park.
Their game last weekend quickly turned into a rescue mission.
Sean Battles and Zach Thomas were on the ground when events unfolded.
“It was around 2 p.m. It was a normal day,” Battles said, describing the scene. “[Thomas] was playing and I’m playing the game again, and one of the guys pointed here saying there was a car here.
So the team came together to help.
“We just sprang into action and wanted to get this man to safety,” Thomas said.
The white car with the driver still inside was rapidly taking on water in the middle of the pond.
Cellphone video captured the moments when several players jumped up and pushed the car closer to the ground.
Justin Johnson and Abereon Brown rushed with their teammates and opponents to help the man into the vehicle.
Brown said the only thought going through his mind at the time was to “save him”.
The crew was unable to open the windows or doors when a man climbed through an opening in the trunk to help pull the driver out.
“He didn’t want to go out. He was holding that steering wheel, so we were just sitting there fighting,” Johnson said. “I know he didn’t want to let go, he was telling us to let him go, but we just couldn’t let that happen.”
They eventually got the man to safety until first responders arrived.
A family member of the man said he is expected to make a full recovery.
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