ACWORTH, Ga. – Two Floridians who fled to metro Atlanta to escape Hurricane Irma credit a local police department with helping them recover from a freak accident here that almost cost them their lives.
Theodore and Gloria Karadimos from Punta Gorda, Florida were staying at the Best Western in Acworth over the weekend as the storm pummeled Florida.
While they were trying to pull into the parking space outside their hotel room, Theodore accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and sent them flying into the hotel swimming pool.
Chief Wayne Dennard said the couple was terrified they would die in the car because neither one could swim.
“This couple was obviously fleeing from the storm and stressed from that. Then welcomed to our community, where you end up in a swimming pool,” Dennard said.
Hotel guests quickly jumped in to help, floating the bobbing Lexus to the shallow end. They were able to get Gloria, Theodore and their two dogs out of the car.