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VIDEO: Live-Action How to Escape from a Sinking Vehicle

Last week two women in Maine mistakenly drove to their deaths down a boat ramp that was shrouded in fog on a dark rainy night. Their cell phone cut out as their van filled with water. They were found an hour later drowned in 20 feet of water; they never made it out of the car.

These two dramatic videos put together by authorities in Collier County Florida demonstrate how to quickly get out of a rapidly sinking vehicle. The most important tip, which is not explicitly pointed out in either video is: Don’t waste precious moments calling 911 while still in the car. Escape should be your number-one priority.

The first scenario shows two adults escaping with two children.

The second scenario shows four adults escaping.

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