While it may be one of the most capable off-road trucks to ever roll off the Ford assembly line, it turns out the Raptor F-150does have one weakness: it doesn’t float. An elderly California woman found that out the hard way when the Raptor she was riding in took an unexpected dip in a residential swimming pool, trapping the woman inside the sinking pickup.
Luckily for the grandmother, Gabriel Mejia was close by and saw the truck roll through the fence and into the pool. Mejia rushed over and broke out the window, pulling the dazed grandmother to safety. The woman was bleeding and will likely have some bruises from the incident, but should be back on her feet soon. She took a few moments to speak with Gabriel before being taken to the hospital, taking the opportunity to thank him and calling him her angel.
The home’s owner, Allied Gardens resident Paul Faulstitch, said he was in disbelief when he came home and was told there was a truck in his pool. However, the situation was exactly as advertised, with the brand new Raptor sunk on its side in his in-ground pool. Despite significant damage to his pool and decking, Faulstitich was just thankful nobody was badly hurt in the incident and that his kids weren’t in the pool, which could have certainly been the case on any given day during the summer.
The truck was dragged out by a wrecker some four hours after the incident, leaving Faulstitch’s concrete and tile pool deck in pretty rough shape. However, that can all be replaced and repaired, while the human lives involved could not, so that’s always the priority in any situation like this. Luckily all ended well and everybody lived to tell one heck of a story.
CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8