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.