A harrowing situation unfolded Monday in Eagan when a driver suffering from a medical emergency crashed into a pond near Lunds & Byerlys, with the vehicle quickly filling with water while the driver was unresponsive.
The SUV was locked and the windows were up when a bystander, police officers and firefighters arrived at the scene, with water levels inside the vehicle rising up to the driver's chest.
According to Eagan PD, the SUV was pointing nose down and floating, so to gain better footing the group of responders pushed the vehicle to more shallow water and then decided to break the windows.
By the time the windows were broken, the water had risen to the man's chest. The rescue team was able to unbuckle the driver and pull him to shore, with paramedics then transporting him to a local hospital. According to police, the man is in stable condition.
One of the officers who busted the windows was treated for minor cuts from the broken glass.
"We want to give a special thanks to the good Samaritan, who happens to also be a City of Eagan employee, the officers and the firefighter who jumped into the water without hesitation putting themselves at risk to save this person," Eagan PD said.
The rescuers were identified as Officer Sean Farnham, Officer Luke Nelson, Firefighter James Guy and Bill Henk, who works for the city.