Cyclones Football Players Hailed as Heroes after Saving Woman from Drowning in Texas
Spring break turned into a very serious scene for some Iowa State football players who had to save a woman from drowning in Texas.
According to reports, the woman drove her car into a canal in South Padre Island, Texas.
Senior linebacker Anthony Lazard told the Des Moines Register that Josh Jahlas, another senior linebacker, was standing on the balcony of his hotel room when he saw a car go into bay. He told his friends and they all jumped into action according to the report.
Apparently, they all raced out of the hotel, ran to the water, jumped in and swam to the vehicle to help.
The report went on to say that the three football players tried to break out the glass of the windows but were initially unsuccessful.
"She was like, 'Get me out! Get me out! Get me out!'" Lazard told the Des Moines Register. He went on to say "I was getting worried that we were going to watch this girl drown to death, because no matter how hard we were hitting it, it [the glass] wasn't cracking or spidering for a while."
Even though they were unable to break the glass of the side windows, the players said that they were eventually able to pull the woman out through the broken glass on the front windshield.
"That car completely sank in less than a minute, and if not for them jumping into the water and pulling the driver out, she would most certainly have drowned," witnessing officer Michael Schiltz said.
The woman was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.
She called the Iowa State players heroes for their actions.
"I have no words to express how appreciative I am of them," Castro said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. "Even when I messaged them, I still felt that the words or what I was saying to them to thank them and how grateful I was -- it just felt like that wasn't enough."