MAN, W.Va. — A local paramedic and Fire Station 200 recently effectuated a water rescue and recovery after a medical emergency reportedly ended with a vehicle going into the Guyandotte River.
“It’s kind of interesting the timing happened the way it did,” noted Ian Carroll, a paramedic with the air ambulance service AirEvac.
Carroll noted a change in the scheduling around his children’s activities brought his family to the intersection near the meeting point of Huff Creek and the Guyandotte River around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
While Carroll and his family were waiting their turn at the intersection, he explained a vehicle rolled through line of traffic without hitting his breaks and ended up crashing over the abutment into the river.
“I knew I had to help him out somehow, so I pulled off of the road. Obviously, the Guyandotte is really high right now,” Carroll explained.
After having his wife call 911 Carroll noted, “I jumped into the water and immediately realized the temperature was way colder than I had thought and way deeper than I had imagined.”
Carroll noted the car was sinking when he reached it; however, the vehicle’s driver was unable to assist in their rescue.
The car’s doors were reportedly locked and Carroll explained he could not immediately gain access through the vehicle’s windows.
Eventually, a bystander was able to join Carroll in the river with a baton that was used to break the passenger window.
Carroll explained the car was sinking, and, once the window was broken, the cabin began to rapidly fill.
As the vehicle’s cabin finally submerged in the river, Carroll noted he grabbed the driver and pulled him out of the water-filled vehicle and, with the help of the bystander Carroll was able to get the driver to the river bank and wait for emergency services to arrive.
Fire Chief of station 200 Joe Wimmer explained his company arrived on scene to assist with the victim and recover the vehicle from the river.
The current condition of the driver remains unknown.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]