Icy Crash

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 11:37am

Dramatic 911 recordings reveal heroic rescue.

Slick conditions led to an icy water rescue in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday.

Two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers moved quickly to save a woman trapped in a sinking car after she skidded into a retention pond.

Wrapped in a blanket, Elizabeth Perez was cold but ever so grateful to be out of her SUV, which was on its side and nearly submerged in a retention pond.

"She thought she was going to be dead. She thought she was gone," said a friend who translated for Perez.

The 23-year-old mother of one hit a slick spot, lost control and skidded down the embankment into the pond..

"She said when she was in the water, she called 911 and that the cops were quick they broke the windows and got her out," Perez said through a translator.

Officers Chris Wuensch and Stephen Jones were at a nearby accident when they sprang into action.

They jumped into the icy water and raced to pull Perez out, her vehicle sinking quickly.

Perez says it all happened in five minutes or less.

While Wuensch cut his hand, no one went to the hospital.

Their commanding officer says Wuensch and Jones did exactly as they were trained, even if water rescue is something just taught in the classroom.

"It's like you get medical training in how to deliver babies, but that stuff rarely comes along when it's put into play," said Maj. Tom Koppel, Indianapolis Metro Police Department.

Seeing her car pulled from the water, Perez had a message for her rescuers.

"She says thanks for the help and thanks to them, she's still here and they're her heroes."

She plans to thank them in person Thursday.

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