A teen son's quick actions helped save his mother's life after their car plunged into a Miami Springs canal Monday night. Franklin Natta talks about helping to save his mother from the sinking car.
A teen son's quick actions helped save his mother's life after their car plunged into a Miami Springs canal Monday night.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. near LeJeune Road and Okeechobee Road when the woman, Maria Rivera, accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake while she was parking her Jeep Cherokee.
The car crashed through a fence and into the canal where it quickly began to sink. Rivera's son, Franklin Natta, said he started to work quickly because his mother can't swim.
"I was just scared and trying to like get her out," Natta said. "At first I tried breaking the passenger seat window, I cracked it at the last minute but the car was sinking too fast."
Natta, 15, said he remembered there was a back window that was broken and could be easily opened.
"I put it down, I grabbed her, I threw her out the car, I told her grab on to the top," Natta said. "I swam out, I told her stay there for I could go get help, I went to go get help, the people came back and then they already had her out of the water."
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene to assist.
Rivera and Natta were both doing fine.