A man saves an infant from a submerged car in an act people are saying is nothing short of valiant this week. This 44-year-old hero leapt into the ice-cold water of a deep pool and used a knife to free the baby from its car seat, which was flooded in freezing water. Food World News offers some insight into the harrowing rescue this Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Talk about a crazy drive home. Leo Moody was heading home when the man saved an infant from a submerged car after seeing the vehicle careen off the road and crash into a pool. The 44-year-old individual from Maine, who works as a logger, was on his way back from work on Monday night when the incident occurred. He said that the roads are often icy at this time of year, and accidents aren’t that uncommon.
The press release adds that Moody noted he saw the SUV teeter into the freezing water after slipping on an icy road along Route 6, and quickly sprang into action. The hero first called 911 for medical help, then was said to jump into the freezing water to assist himself. He used a knife to first free a 3-month-old baby that was stuck in the submerged car, cutting through the straps that bound it to the seat.
As cited by News Max earlier this morning, the SUV driver who lost control of his vehicle and crashed it into the water has been identified today as Stephen McGouldrick. Excluding the infant, two others were inside the car at the time of the accident, both of them women. One of the rescued passengers said her baby was trapped in the backseat.
The ice-cold water was getting to him, though. The 44-year-old man later shared in an interview with the media that his unprotected hands were already freezing from the cold weather, but his adrenaline was rushing. He managed to save the infant in the submerged car by cutting through the straps with a knife, calling for aid from other drivers who had stopped to help at the scene.
Moody didn’t act alone in his heroic rescue. Another man ran over to the crashed SUV, and proceeded to further help the 3-month-old baby by performing CPR. Initially, the child was unresponsive. Fortunately, however, witnesses said that within a minute, the baby soon started to cry and was rushed to a local medical center for professional attention. The fellow hero was a man who said he had recently taken a CPR course earlier that year, and was no doubt grateful his life-saving skills had come in handy during the emergency.
While the rescuer and the other man may be heroes in this “man saves infant submerged car” incident, they do not consider themselves as such. The 44-year-old logger added that he feels he simply “did what needed to be done” when the time called for it. Both the driver and the other victims in the car sustained minor injuries. Fortunately, the baby and the rest of its family are expected to make full recoveries. Helping others is always a priority, and it’s certainly a reason to be grateful that some Good Samaritans with valuable skill sets were on hand during this particular crisis.