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Driver trapped under water survives in air bubble

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LAFAYETTE - Early Thursday morning, Roy Ortiz was driving to work when the world literally crumbled underneath his car.

He went nose first into the rising flood waters and was trapped fearing the worst.

"I'm completely stuck right there. So, I have to wait," Ortiz said.

He could not get out of the car, but he did manage to find his way to the back seat where he found a small pocket for him to breathe.

"Only my head can fit right there in that space," Ortiz said.

Two more cars came crashing down on top of him, but he did not panic for one reason - his faith.

"I have to pray. I have to sing to God because I want to survive," Ortiz said.

Ortiz thinks he was there for about two hours until rescuers arrived.

"I feel like two hours is an eternity," Ortiz said.

John Cook is with North Metro Fire Rescue. When Cook arrived, he saw Ortiz's car in the water.

"We didn't know he was in the car," Cook said.

Ortiz says he heard commotion outside, so he swam under water to wave his hand by the window.

"When I hear those people, I feel happy," Ortiz said.

Cook felt compelled to visit Ortiz at the Good Samaritan Medical Center because he says this rescue is one he will never forget.

"For him to be able to find that one air pocket inside the car is amazing," Cook said. "For the air to last that long is nothing short of a miracle."

Ortiz is now reunited with his wife and four kids. He is thankful to Cook and his crew. Ortiz plans to throw a party this weekend to celebrate his survival.

"I love my kids. I love my wife. I love my church. I love everybody," Ortiz said.

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