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Motorists swim to safety after crashing car into Lamar pond

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Divers from Central Lamar Volunteer Fire Dept. attach a wench cable to Dawn Raynes' car, which had crashed into a drainage pond Thursday night. Divers from Central Lamar Volunteer Fire Dept. attach a wench cable to Dawn Raynes' car, which had crashed into a drainage pond Thursday night.
PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

Two motorists swam to safety Thursday night in Lamar County after crashing their car into a deep drainage pond while swerving to miss a deer.


Dawn Raynes and her passenger James Herrin were in a 2004 Mustang on their way to Lumberton on Highway 589 when Raynes lost control while trying to avoid hitting the deer and slammed into the pond, located a few miles north of Purvis.

The car quickly went under water.

Raynes and Herrin climbed out a passenger side window and swam away uninjured.

"I realized we were in the water and I shouted, 'get out, get out, we're in the water, we're in the water,'" said Raynes. "I didn't know the area, I didn't know how deep it was or anything, and we came out the window. I feel like the good Lord was definitely with us. There's no doubt about that," she said. 

Friday afternoon, divers from Central Lamar Volunteer Fire Dept. attached a wench cable to the vehicle and it was pulled out.


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