Woman’s car plummets into water at Ascarate Park


POSTED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 8:36am

Update 10:13 P.M.

A woman was rescued after driving her car into a water filled canal next to Ascarate Lake, El Paso Fire Department officials said.

The El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team was called out to the 6900 block of Delta around 8:30 P.M. Wednesday.

El Paso Fire officials said the woman in her forties drove her car into the canal but are unsure how or why.

Before help arrived, fire officials said a man jumped into the water attempting to save her, but he was unable to open the door because of the water pressure.

One diver from the water rescue team was able to go into the five feet of water and pull the woman to safety, officials said.

The woman was in the water for 15 minutes until the rescue diver was able to break a window and get her out.

Officials said the car was about half filled with water when they got there.

Nellie Ponce was walking nearby when she saw the accident happen and called 911.

“I wanted to get her and pull her out of there and that’s what I was worried about. I just wanted to get her out by the fire department and ambulance got here really quick,” Ponce said.

The woman and the man who tried to save her have been taken to the hospital for hypothermia, but officials said they are expected to be okay.

A tow truck has been called to pull the car from the water.

Original Story 9:00 P.M.

El Paso Fire Department officials confirm they have called out the water rescue team to the 6900 block of Delta in south central El Paso.

Details are limited, but so far officials have said a car fell into 5 feet of water with a woman inside. They said she is not injured.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you the very latest tonight at 10.

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