Three Good Samaritans, all Criminal Justice students from the Anne Arundel Community College, are credited with saving the life of a man that was involved in a crash and was drowning.
At about 6:45 pm, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, a vehicle left the roadway, ran through a fence, rolled several times down an embankment and landed on the left side of the vehicle in a large collection pond. The collection pond is about 3 to 4 feet deep and is centered between Annapolis Road (Route 450) and Martin Luther King Highway (Route 704) in Lanham. The driver, a male in his 20’s, was ejected during the rollover and ended up being trapped under the vehicle with his body under water and the vehicle on top of him. A passenger in the vehicle was able to escape unharmed.
The two men and a female Good Samaritans stopped at the scene after witnessing the incident and without hesitation or fear of their own safety; two of them entered the water. The third Good Samaritan stayed out of the water and contacted 911 on a cell phone. The pair found the victim unconscious and underwater. They were able to lift the victim’s upper body and supported his head and shoulders above the water until Firefighters and Paramedics arrived on the scene.
Firefighters and paramedics encountered a challenging extrication while partially submerged and patient removal. They used their Hurst Tool (Jaws of Life) to lift the Mercury Mountaineer SUV just enough to remove the vehicles weight off of the victim. A winch on the Glenn Dale Heavy Duty Rescue Squad was used to roll the vehicle completely off. The patient was then removed up the steep embankment to awaiting paramedics. The rescue operation took about 30 minutes.
Paramedics evaluated the patient and determined he had lost consciousness, ingested water into his lungs and sustained unknown trauma during the rollover and ejection. The adult male was transported to a nearby Trauma Center in critical condition. The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the crash.