VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) – Five people had to be rescued from high water in Venice in Sarasota County on Monday morning.
Police and fire crews rescued three special needs children and two adults from the school bus that was taking on water.
The incident happened just after 7 a.m. in the 700 block of Venice Avenue near 41.
The bus was leaning to its side when a News Channel 8 viewer took the video and sent it to WFLA’s Leslee Lacey.
Lt. Eric Hill with Venice police says the bus driver drove through high water and the force of the water carried the bus into the ditch.
Hill says students, with the help of officers, had to go through water that covered their heads to get out of the bus.
“It is a tough situation because I don’t know if they necessarily expected to go all the way to water that deep. I’m sure they thought it was probably a bite more shallow and were probably surprised when they went all the way in,” Miller says.
He says no one was hurt.
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