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article imageExhausted 'Black Friday' worker drives into a canal

By R. Francis Rubio     Nov 26, 2011 in Business
Palm Beach - An unnamed department store employee lost control of her car early Friday morning while heading home after a late-night shift at a local Target.
The 36-year-old woman and local Palm Beach Target employee was driving home exhausted after working her shift and found herself along with her car sinking in 20-feet of water.
According to The Palm Beach Post, the woman called 9-1-1 at 7:39 a.m. in a panic as her car was sinking in the Pahokee canal.
The woman managed to climb out vehicle although that wasn't her only problem - she didn't know how to swim. Then at 7:44, as she was describing her situation over the phone, dispatchers reported they had lost contact.
Within a few minutes of the dropped call Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Frank Mayo arrived at the scene.
Pausing shortly to assess the situation, Deputy Mayo decided to take off his gun-belt and swim to the woman's rescue. The deputy reached the woman after a short swim, as he helped her on to his back, the woman, in a panic, pulled them both underwater.
"I swallowed a bit of water before I took her under with me," said Mayo. "I came up expecting to see her next to me. I had to dig around for her."
After finding the woman again Deputy Mayo grabbed a hold of the sinking car with one hand and held onto woman with the other.
"I could tell she was really panicking," Mayo told the Post, "I reassured her that I wasn't going to leave her."
Shortly after, two more deputies arrived at the scene and used a rope to pull them both to safety.
Across the country, Target opened their stores at midnight on "Black Friday," with most employee's scheduled to clock in as early as 9:00 p.m. on "Thanksgiving" for the overnight shift.
"Our thoughts are with the team member and her family for a speedy recovery." said Jessica Carlson, spokeswoman for Target.
Carlson also told reporters that the majority of their employees "enjoy working on Black Friday and want to be there for the opening." Adding, "opening at midnight is just part of the retail culture"
The woman declined to speak to reporters and was brought to nearby Lakeside hospital where she was checked out and later released.
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