COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- It took Golden Gate Fire Fighters about 30 minutes to get to the submerged car on Alligator Alley. They actually had to cut through a fence to get to the canal. When divers reached the water, it was almost impossible to see. Lieutenant Kevin Shoch said he heard there were alligators nearby, but didn't see any. He was the third diver into the water.
"Two divers that pulled the three victims, they were pretty much out of air after that. So another two of us went in and continued searching and when we were out of air, two more went in and searched the car. Not only the car but the surrounding area for any other possible victims," said Lieutenant Shoch.
The Golden Gate Fire Department has dive equipment on every truck and when responding to emergencies, each truck has a diver on it. The water rescue team acts quickly, as soon as they decide it's safe to get into the water, they move quickly and work. They conduct about two to three dives a month and have recovered half a dozen people.
To make a donation to help the Douglas family, a memorial fund has been set up at Suntrust Bank:
Douglas Family Memorial Fund
Account number: 157840900