Paraglider Sees Something Horrifying, His Next Move Made The Difference

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It’s comforting to think about guardian angels protecting us, but luckily for one woman in Florida, she had one flying overhead after she crashed her car into some deep water. WSVN out of Miami writes, “A good Samaritan was flying high in the right place at the right time when he swooped in to help save a woman after her car ended up in a Southwest Miami-Dade canal.

Cristiano Piquet said he started off his Sunday morning gliding in his paramotor with a friend when he saw a splash that caught his eye.

‘Then I turn around to get a better shot with my GoPro, and I see a car in the canal, in the same canal,” he said, “and I flew closer to the car, and I saw someone inside the car, like, asking for help.’”

The Miami Herald had more details: Cristiano Piquet, a Miami resident, told the Miami Herald that he was recording his flight like he does every Sunday before going to church when he observed an alligator splashing in the water north of Homestead at around 8 a.m. “I turned around to get a shot of the alligator, and I saw a car under the water,” he said. “I flew closer to the car and I saw a woman on top.”

The 40-year-old added that he had to be careful not to hit any power lines when he landed with his paramotor — a personal flying machine consisting of a paraglider and an engine-powered propeller strapped to the pilot. He then removed the heavy equipment from his back, went to the canal and asked if she needed help.

According to Miami-Dade fire, six units responded to the traffic accident involving a vehicle in a canal near the 20400 block of Southwest 192nd Street at 8:35 a.m. Finding the driver already out of the water, crews searched the area to make sure that no one else was in the canal and took the woman to the hospital.

The video is harrowing: 

Fox reported that Cristiano “feels God used him and his friends to rescue the woman holding on for her life inside a canal in the middle of nowhere outside Miami after her car was submerged.” 

“I’m no hero. This is not about me,” Cristiano Piquet posted in a video on social media. “All glory to God, who used me and my friends to save that one life. God’s timing is perfect.”

Piquet told the station that it “took him a moment to process what was going on but realized immediately that he was this woman’s only hope because there was nobody around.” 

“Absolutely nobody,” he stressed.

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