WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies Heroically Save Two People and Their Dog After Car Becomes Submerged
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 28, 2021
SPACE COAST DAILY TV SPECIAL PRESENTATION
ABOVE VIDEO: While there is no doubt that miracles happen on Christmas some miracles also happen on Christmas Eve and even save lives. Be sure to watch this episode of “The Good Stuff” as two of our amazing Deputies heroically save the lives of two citizens and their dog who were trapped in a submerged vehicle.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Like most of you, I hardly ever watch the news anymore because I’m tired of only seeing negative stuff and never ever hearing all of the great stuff that happens, right here in our own backyard.
So knowing that good stuff happens all around us every day, our agency decided to start a new program, “The Good Stuff,” so our citizens can enjoy hearing about the great work our team and citizens do to save, impact and forever change lives.
You know, stuff like what happened Christmas Eve morning when Deputy Craig Carson and Deputy Michael Allred saved two of our citizens and their dog from drowning in their vehicle that was quickly sinking in a pond near Port Canaveral.
The incident started at approximately 11:10 a.m. when our agency received a call from a concerned citizen about a reckless vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 528 near Port Canaveral. The caller reported that the vehicle’s speed was extremely erratic and it kept going back and forth between lanes.
Deputies Carson and Allred were working that morning near the Port Canaveral exits and quickly responded to the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle. As he arrived in the area, K-9 Deputy Carson first observed the vehicle as it was approaching the George King Boulevard exit at Port Canaveral.
As Deputy Carson and Deputy Allred were getting into position to try and initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, it started to exit onto George King Boulevard at a very high rate of speed.
As you can see in the dashcam footage in the above video, as the vehicle got to the traffic light at the intersection of George King, the driver was unable to negotiate the turn and continued straight without slowing down, crossing the median and launching into a pond immediately across the intersection.
As the vehicle came to rest in the pond it started to submerge and Deputies Carson and Allred quickly learned that trapped inside the vehicle were two females and a dog that was strapped into the backseat.
Recognizing the urgency of the situation Deputies Carson and Allred quickly removed their duty gear and ballistic vests and jumped into the pond as the vehicle was quickly submerging and the occupants were screaming for help.
Deputy Carson, who entered the water first, was able to reach the passenger of the vehicle as it was sinking beneath the surface. Deputy Carson got the passenger out and started taking her to shore with the assistance of Deputy Allred who had now entered the pond as well.
Once securing the passenger at the shore, both Deputies quickly returned to the vehicle that was now completely submerged and were able to remove the driver from the vehicle but were unable to extricate the dog that was harnessed in the backseat.
Once the driver was at the shoreline, Deputy Allred grabbed a diver’s mask from a member of our dive team that had also responded to the scene and both Carson and Allred returned to the now completely submerged vehicle where Deputy Allred dove beneath the surface of the water and by using the mask could see and release the harness that was restraining the dog so that the dog could be rescued as well.
Both of the vehicle’s occupants were evaluated at the scene by our partners at Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue and were listed in stable condition as it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was having a diabetic medical incident that caused the erratic driving and eventual crash of the vehicle.
The vehicle driver and passenger were subsequently transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital as a precaution where they were later released with minimal injuries.
And the dog…well he is doing just fine and is safe and secure back with his owner, who is forever grateful for the actions of a caring citizen who saw something and said something, Deputy Carson, Deputy Allred, and all of the first responders who helped save their lives.
In the end, all three occupants of the vehicle were extremely fortunate that on Christmas Eve Morning in Brevard County, God chose to have Deputy Craig Carson and Deputy Michael Allred serving as guardian angels over them!
I could not be more proud of Craig and Michael for all they did to save the lives of two people and their pet, who without their help would have no doubt lost their lives.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey