Florida snipers provide cover for rescue divers searching for a mother and son in an alligator-filled pond

Florida snipers provided cover for rescue divers who jumped into an alligator-infested pond to search for a missing mother and son.

Nieves Matos, 80, and her son Mario Laza, 56, were driving on the Florida Turnpike in West Miami-Dade last Friday when they lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a catchment pond just off the freeway.

WSVN, a regional news agency in Florida, reported that the accident happened just before noon and was probably due to the driver losing control while attempting to negotiate the right-hand bend on an exit ramp.

Good Samaritans who witnessed the accident jumped into the water to search for survivors of the accident.

Alex Camacho, Lt. Florida Highway Patrol said: “The vehicle lost control, rolled over and went off the roadway into the pond. Dive teams from the Miami-Dade Fire Department and Police Department conducted their search and rescue and were able to rescue one adult woman and one adult man from the vehicle at the time.”

Police snipers arrive at the scene shortly after the accident to provide cover for rescue divers and other first responders while they searched the alligator-filled pond for crash survivors.

Footage from last Friday’s event shows snipers lying on their stomachs pointing their rifles at the water while alligators swim around the pond.

Ms. Matos was eventually found and pulled from the water.

WESH-2, an Orlando-based NBC affiliate, reported that Laza, the 56-year-old son, died after a short treatment in the intensive care unit.

People close to the family of mother and son created a GoFundMe page to cover the couple’s medical bills and the son’s funeral expenses.

It was reported last week that victims of the 2021 Surfside, Fla., condo collapse were nearing the end of their class action lawsuit when they settled for a total of $1,021,199,000.

The settlement agreement was presented to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman, who gave his preliminary approval to the settlement at a court hearing Saturday, which followed around-the-clock negative hearings.

The more than $1 billion deal was reached less than a month before the one-year anniversary of the tragic building collapse that killed more than 90 people.

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Laura Coffey

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