Driver crashes into McGee beach; 3 rescued from submerged SUV

Corpus Christi Fire Rescue crews rescued three people Saturday whose vehicle crashed into the water of Mcgee Beach in downtown. Witnesses said the driver was driving erratically when the SUV hit the sea wall barrier and into the murky waters of the Corpus Christi Bay.

A witness, Paul Ovale confirmed that three people, a man, and a woman, and a young girl were pulled from the water. The young girl was non-verbal and disabled. He also says the maroon Ford Explorer was doing donuts prior to going into the water going backwards.

Paramedics were seen performing CPR on the victims at the scene.

They were taken to Christus Spohn Hospital where a man and woman were in critical condition.

The crash occurred in the area 300 South Shorline at 6:55 p.m.

According to a witness, Mercedes Rodriguez, the elderly woman who was passenger in front seat was floating in the water when first responders arrived. The male driver was also unconscious and wasn’t breathing. Mercedes says the vehicle was trying get control of the vehicle before spiraling out of control into the Bay. .

2 Corpus Christi Police and 3 Corpus Christi Fire fighters first responded to the scene initially also jumping into the water after the crash to help.

The Corpus Christi Dive team also responded around 9 p.m. to make sure no one was inside of the fully submerged.

The sea wall area was closed during the rescue operation. The victims’ identities are Enedelia Hernandez, Ricardo Hernandez, and Ashley Hernandez.

Investigators with the Corpus Christi Police continue to investigate exactly what caused the crash.