‘God’s timing is perfect’: Florida paraglider helps save woman who crashed car in alligator-filled canal
The Florida paraglider feels God used him and his friends to rescue the woman holding on for her life inside a canal in the middle of nowhere near Miami after her car was submerged.
MIAMI – Cristiano Piquet says he's no hero. But the woman whose life he helped save may think differently.
The Florida paraglider feels God used him and his friends to rescue the woman holding on for her life inside a canal in the middle of nowhere outside Miami after her car was submerged.
"I’m no hero. This is not about me," Cristiano Piquet posted in a video on social media. "All glory to God, who used me and my friends to save that one life. God’s timing is perfect."
Piquet said it took him a moment to process what was going on but realized immediately that he was this woman's only hope because there was nobody around.
"Absolutely nobody," he stressed.
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Piquet said he was flying with his friend on Sunday before church like they always do, but on this particular week, the duo noticed a distressed woman needing urgent help in a canal known to be full of alligators.
"And then I land in the middle of nowhere. And I come to rescue her and save her," he said.
Piquet runs to the woman's aid as she screams.
"Oh, my God!," she yells. "I fell with my car in here."
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Piquet said a neighbor was nearby on the other side of the canal and helped pull the woman from the water.
"I think anyone in my situation would do the same. Stop to help," he said. "So I did what is the obvious to what anyone would do, right? Lend a helping hand. And I could not do anything different than that."
The video then clips to show firefighters on the scene to help in the life-saving rescue as Piquet rides off into the marsh.
"Thank God the alligators didn't get her before me," Piquet said.