Lifeguard describes the moment a car nearly destroyed his tower


THE DRAMATIC MOMENT OF A DRIVER CRASHING THROUGH A TOLL, ROLLS ON DAYTONA BEACH, THEN INTO THE OCEAN. DRONE VIDEO CAPTURED THE AFTERMATH OF THE INCIDENT WHICH INJURED FIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING A LITTLE BOY WHO WAS SWIMMING. SUMMER: CLAIRE METZ FROM WESH 2 JOINS US LIVE. THE LIFEGUARD ON DUTY CAME VERY CLOSE TO BEING A VICTIM. CLAIRE: HE SURELY DID. DAMIEN CURRY TOLD ME HE WAS LITERALLY IN A STOMACH WHEN IT WAS OVER. HE WAS SITTING ON A TOWER ALMOST NEXT TO WHERE THE CAR FELL INTO THE WATER. THEN HE WENT INTO RESCUE MODE. >> I mean it was in a couple – it was within feet of hitting my tower. CLAIRE: DAMIEN CURRY WAS STUNNING LATE AFTERNOON SUNDAY AS A VEHICLE THIS IS NEW VIDEO FROM A NEARBY HOTEL, BLOWN ON THE BEACH AND INTO THE OCEAN. HERE’S ANOTHER ANGLE THAT CAPTURES THE SOUND OF THE SHARP IMPACT AS THE CAR HITS THE FIRST UNOCCUPIED TOLL AND THE CLOSED DOOR. >> I SAW THE CAR FALL INTO THE TOLL, THE TOLL EXPLODED, I WAS LIKE, OH MY GOD, I’M TURNING BACK. I LOOK AT IT, AND THE CAR COMES ON ME. THE GLASS WAS BROKEN, THE BUMPER IS DISABLED, IT’S SMOKING, IT’S COMING ON ME. I LITTLE MISS IT. CLAIRE: A 5-YEAR-OLD BOY, A SWIMMER, WAS ARRESTED UNDER THE VEHICLE. DAVID ALAMOS TOOK POINTS FOR DEEP LACERATIONS BUT HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL. LIFEGUARD CURRY RUN TOWARDS THE VEHICLE, THE DRIVER, HIS FIANCE AND TWO CHILDREN INSIDE. >> CAR WAS ALMOST AT SAND BAR. IT WAS FLOATING. MOB OF PEOPLE TRYING TO TURN IT BACK. CLAIRE: THEY RECOVERED IT, SUPERVISOR CURRY SAVED ONE OF THE CHILDREN, THE OTHER CHILD AND THE MOTHER WERE ALREADY OUT. THEN CURRY WENT FOR THE DRIVER, WHO AUTHORITIES BELIEVE HAD SUFFERED SOME KIND OF SEIZURE, CAUSING HIM LOSE CONTROL. >> I UNLOCK THIS GUY, THE DRIVER, AND GET BUZZED AS THE CAR IS SHORTED. I’M SHOCKED. LIKE AN ELECTRIC SHOCK. CLAIRE: DESPITE THE RISKS, DAMIEN CURRY KNEW PEOPLE HAD PROBLEMS. >> EVERYTHING GOES IN THIS WATER, I WILL GO AFTER. ANYONE ON THIS BEACH WOULD HAVE DONE IT. I WORK WITH A GROUP OF HEROES AND I RESPECT THEM ALL. CLAIRE: CURRY HAS BEEN A LIFEGUARD FOR 4 YEARS, SAVED COUNTLESS SWIMMERS, BUT THIS EVENT WAS A FIRST. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED ACCORDI

Volusia County lifeguard describes the moment the car nearly rolled off the tower before crashing into the water

A car crashed through a toll booth and onto Daytona Beach on Sunday. Lifeguard Damien Curry said his stomach literally hurt after it was all over. He was sitting on a tower almost next to where the car fell into the water, then he went into rescue mode. RELATED: Video shows scary moment car crashes into toll, water in Daytona Beach “I mean it was a few feet from hitting my tower,” Curry said. Curry was stunned late Sunday afternoon as a vehicle blew across the beach and into the ocean. The car first hits the unoccupied toll booth and the closed gate. “I saw the car hit the toll booth. The toll exploded. I was like, oh my God, I’m turning around. I look at it and the car comes towards me,” Curry said. “The glass was broken. The bumper is off. It’s smoking. It comes to me. I’m like, I barely miss it. He didn’t miss a 5-year-old boy who was swimming and pulled himself under the vehicle. David Alamos took a few stitches for deep lacerations but has since been released from hospital. Rescuer Curry ran to the vehicle with the driver, her fiancé and her two children inside. RELATED: 5-year-old was hit when car drove into crowd at Daytona Beach should be OK “The car is almost at the sandbar, so it’s floating, right? And as a crowd of people try to pull it back Curry said. They picked him up. Curry saved one of the children since the other child and the mother were already out. Then Curry went to get the driver who authorities say suffered some sort of seizure causing him to lose control. “I’m untying this guy. The driver. And I’m buzzing like the car’s shorted out, you know? I’m like, I’m shocked. Like an electric shock,” said Curry said Despite the risks, Curry knew people were in trouble RELATED: 5 injured when car crashes into toll, water in Daytona Beach ‘Anything goes in that water, I’ll get it …Anyone on this beach would have done it. I work with a group of heroes and I look up to them all,” said Are Curry. Curry has been a lifeguard for four years and has saved countless swimmers, but this event was a first. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle remains hospitalized according to a family spokesperson. He underwent an MRI and was referred to a neurologist in his home state of Massachusetts.

A car crashed through a toll booth and onto Daytona Beach on Sunday.

Lifeguard Damien Curry said his stomach literally hurt after it was all over. He was sitting on a tower almost next to where the car fell into the water, then he went into rescue mode.

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“I mean it was a few feet from hitting my tower,” Curry said.

Curry was stunned late Sunday afternoon when a vehicle blew across the beach and into the ocean. The car first hits the unoccupied toll and the closed gate.

“I saw the car hit the toll. The toll exploded. I was like, oh my God, I’m turning around. I look at it and the car comes towards me,” Curry said. “The glass was broken. The bumper is off. It’s smoking. It comes to me. I’m like, I barely miss it.

He did not miss a 5 year old boy who was swimming and parked under the vehicle. David Alamos took a few stitches for deep lacerations but has since been released from hospital. Rescuer Curry ran to the vehicle with the driver, her fiancé and her two children inside.

RELATED: 5-year-old hit when car drove into Daytona Beach crowd should be OK

“The car is almost at the sandbar, so it’s floating, isn’t it?” And like a crowd of people trying to bring it back,” Curry said.

They got it back. Curry saved one of the children since the other child and the mother were already out. Then Curry went to pick up the driver who authorities say suffered some sort of seizure causing him to lose control.

“I’m untying this guy. The driver. And I get buzzed like the car’s shorted out, you know? I’m like, I’m shocked. Like an electric shock,” Curry said.

Despite the risks, Curry knew people had problems.

RELATED: 5 injured when car crashes into toll, water in Daytona Beach

“Anything that happens in this water, I’m going to look for it…Anyone on this beach would have done it.” I work with a bunch of heroes and I look up to them all,” Curry said.

Curry has been a lifeguard for four years and has saved countless swimmers, but this event was a first. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle remains hospitalized according to a family spokesperson. He underwent an MRI and was referred to a neurologist in his home state of Massachusetts.


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