Wake County woman thanks rescuers who pulled her from pond
Posted December 4, 2011
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — A 74-year-old Wake County woman is thankful for three men she calls her "guardian angels." The men jumped into a Harnett County pond on Friday to save the woman after she blacked out and drove into the cold water.
"All I remember was I was on (U.S. Highway) 401," Julia Wiggins said Sunday.
Wiggins was driving home to Willow Spring from a hair appointment in Raleigh when her blood sugar went too low, and she lost consciousness. She rear-ended another vehicle, driven by Chuck Beckwith of Fayetteville, and then ran off the road, through a wooden fence and into Robert Smith's pond off of U.S. 401 North in Fuquay-Varina.
Beckwith was the first person who jumped into the water to save Wiggins.
"He was an angel. If he had not been here at that time, she would have not survived," Smith said.
David Keaton, who is with the Air Force, passed by and saw the wreck. The Fuquay-Varina man jumped into the water too, but neither man could break the window.
Another passer-by, Chris Howell, from Lillington, soon jumped in with a hammer.
Wiggins said her rescuers told her that when the glass was finally broken, the water was as high as her neck.
"I'd like to thank you for saving my life (and) being my guardian angel. It if weren't for them, I wouldn't be here today," Wiggins said.
Wiggins said she won't be able to drive for awhile, but she has relatives who can bring her places.