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Cape Coral neighbors save married couple after car goes into water

A couple is back on dry land after they drove off the road into a canal, and good Samaritans rushed to bring them to safety.

Cape Coral police, fire and rescue services responded to a crash at Kismet Parkway West off Old Burnt Store Road in northwest Cape Coral Wednesday night, where neighbors helped a married couple involved before first responders arrived on scene.

A couple’s car floated further down a canal after it went into the water, making it hard to get to, so a boat crew was dispatched to help recover it.

Neighbors saw a car fly off the road right between a dumpster and a house into the water with a couple in their seventies inside. Neighbors Bill and Michelle Schoenberg told us they heard and saw it happen. Bill ran and told his wife to call 911. He grabbed his 100-foot air hose to pull the couple out of the water.

But it wasn’t just them. Another couple walking their dog jumped into the water to help. All of them worked together to save the couple in the car.

“Just trying to get out there as fast as possible because she was saying she can’t swim,” Michelle said. “The car just went under. And thank, God, they were able to pull them out right away.”

And lives were saved because of the quick effort of some very fast and caring neighbors.

Cape Coral Fire Department told us the couple was not familiar with the area and ran out of road. Both are getting medical help, and we are told they should be OK.

“This is the first time we’ve met them, so we couldn’t be more thankful for them,” Michelle said. “And with everything going on in the world right now, it’s really great to have people who are willing to help and let everything else go by the wayside.”

Reporter:Anika Henanger
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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