Tired Target Worker Drives Car Into Canal, Saved By Deputy

Woman who drove into Palm Beach County canal had just finished Black Friday shift

By Brian Hamacher
|  Friday, Nov 25, 2011  |  Updated 1:35 PM EDT
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Tired Target Worker Drives Car Into Canal

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A tired Target worker who was heading home after an early morning Black Friday shift had to be rescued by a deputy after she drove her car into a canal in Pahokee.

The unidentified woman somehow lost control of her car and drove into the canal near Much City Road and Connors Highway at 7:46 a.m., Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokesman Teri Barbera told the Palm Beach Post.

Luckily, Deputy Frank Mayo, who was also on his way home after working his shift, responded and jumped into the water to save the 36-year-old woman, who had called 911 and told deputies she couldn’t swim.

Mayo took off his gunbelt and tried to help the woman, who was clinging to her car, but she started pulling him into the 20-foot deep water.

“If I drown, I can’t help her,” Mayo told the Post.

Mayo was able to get the woman to the surface, and fellow deputies threw a rope to pull them to shore.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and later released.

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