Golfer saves driver from submerged car in California canal

A golfer in the middle of his round at a Southern California Golf Association championship and an SCGA official jumped into a canal on Tuesday to extract a driver from a submerged car.

“I’ve never seen an incident like this,” said Jeff Ninnemann, director of championships and golf operations for the SCGA, who hopped into the Coachella branch of the All-American Canal that runs through Terra Lago Golf. 36-hole resort in Indio. , California. “I was sure when the water started to fill up and we couldn’t get that door open, I was sure it was going to end a lot worse.”

CalFire Battalion Chief Jorge Segura in Indio said sometime before 10:30 a.m., a driver of a Nissan Pathfinder left the road near the Terra Lago clubhouse and drove through an empty lot filled with trees, piles of sand and rocks and even rocks. Tournament officials said they believe the driver had a seizure behind the wheel.

CalFire firefighters in Indio attach cables to a car that entered the All-American Canal at the Terra Lago Golf Resort in Indio.  The driver of the car was rescued by a golfer and a tournament official who dove into the channel.

Without hitting anything in the course, the vehicle splashed into the channel between the greens on two holes, the ninth holes on the north and south courses, where golfers were playing in the SCGA Amateur Net Championship. This tournament includes 156 golfers from across Southern California. The water surface is about six feet below the embankment and only the roof of the car was still above the water as it lay at the bottom of the channel.

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