VIDEO: Florida paraglider saves woman after her car crashed into alligator-filled canal
“I turned around to get a shot of the alligator, and I saw a car under the water. I flew closer to the car and I saw a woman on top,” he said
November 1, 2022 8:55pm
Updated: November 2, 2022 9:21am
A video captured the moment a paraglider in Florida makes an emergency landing on Sunday to rescue a woman clinging to the roof of her car after it crashed into a canal filled with alligators.
Miami real estate agent Cristiano Piquet was flying his motorized paraglider above a waterway near Homestead and recording the journey with his GoPro camera when he noticed an alligator.
“I turned around to get a shot of the alligator, and I saw a car under the water. I flew closer to the car and I saw a woman on top,” the 40-year-old man told the newspaper.
The footage from his camera shows him landing in a nearby field and running over to the woman. “You need help?” he asks.
“Oh my God! I fell with my car in here,” she answers as her car slowly submerges underwater.
Piquet got help from a nearby neighbor, who came out after he noticed the commotion. The neighbor brought a rope to help pull the woman to safety.
“So we threw her a rope, and she was free, she was alive,” Piquet said. “Everything happened so fast, and after we got her to safety, we called 911.”
Miami-Dade Fire Department responded to the scene near the 20400 block of Southwest 192nd Street at 8: 35 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they searched the area to make sure no one else was in the water.
The woman, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the hospital, where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
"We landed between power lines, uneven terrain," Piquet said. "It was a terrible landing situation. And for some reason, I was calm and I landed."