A local restaurant owner jumped into a canal, broke a van’s window with a rock and saved a Golden Gate Estates neighbor – whose van had plunged into the canal early yesterday morning.
48-year-old Sandra Ranew thought she was on another road but drove through two reflectors at the end of Shawn Teeters’ road and into the canal in the early morning darkness. She climbed to the back of the van and had about of foot of air left when she called 911 on her cell phone. But she gave the wrong street number to operator Sandra Long.
(hear part of the 911 call)
The crash woke the Teeters. Josi Teeters called 911 with the correct street while Shawn Teeters jumped in to rescue Ranew. He broke the window and pulled her by her hair out of the van, managing to get the panicking woman to the edge of the alligator infested canal. Josi Teeters told the News-Press Ranew is the sixth person who has driven off their street into the canal. The Teeters own Cheeburger Cheeburger in Naples Park and the Key Western Grill in Estero.
Thursday, 26 January 2006 00:00
Canal RescueWritten by Amy Tardif