CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — An icy water rescue was captured on body camera video.

An observant bystander and three Clay County sheriff’s deputies jumped into action, and their quick thinking helped save a man’s life.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office released body camera footage from earlier this month when they pulled a driver from an icy creek south of Kearney.

The driver had swerved into a creek hidden in a valley off the main road.

The sheriff’s office said a good Samaritan witnessed the driver lose control on Missouri Route 33 near N.E. 121st Street. The SUV ended up in Homes Creek. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

“Just across the hill I noticed the car had swerved off the road, and then I saw the car disappear because there’s a creek down there, and I was like, ‘Oh boy,” Quintin Conway said.

Deputies said Conway called 911 five times because the service was bad. He wasn’t connected to a dispatcher until he got in the creek and tried to rescue the 81-year-old driver himself.

Now Conway is being hailed as a hero.

“It was great that because if he hadn’t done that and the elderly gentleman wasn’t able to get a hold of anybody, who knows what the situation or outcome would have been,” said Deputy Joshua Doss who was the first deputy on scene.

The office said temperatures were about 37 degrees outside when deputies arrived at the crash scene, but that didn’t stop them.

“When we get there, you arrive on scene, you don’t see anything, and then you kind of look over the ledge and there’s the vehicle down there,” Doss said.

He asked the 81-year-old if he can reach a buoy. The man who uses a cane said that he couldn’t. Without a thought Doss knew his next step.

“I told him I would jump in the water and assist him getting out of there” Doss said.

The water’s temperature was below freezing, covered with a sheet of ice, but deputies knew time was of the essence.

For the next 5-10 minutes, two deputies in knee-deep cold water did everything they could as the man’s life hung in the balance.

“Myself and Deputy Rainey dragged him through the icy water to the waters edge where Deputy Sans allowed us to get him up to him,” Doss said.

Conway was on the creek bank and helped pull the driver to safety.

“Jesus puts people in the right spot at the right time, and I just so happened to be at the right place at the right time,” Conway said.

The deputies said because the car went down an embankment, there’s no telling how long the man would’ve been there if Conway hadn’t seen him drive off the road.

“It makes you feel good that you can actually help someone, and it turns out still good in nature as well,” Doss said.

The 81-year-old man was treated at the hospital and released the same day. 

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