Man shares story of survival after driving into water in foggy conditions

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man says he's happy to be alive after he drove down a boat ramp into the Bay of St. Louis. He's blaming dense fog for the accident and is now warning others about the dangers of driving in the fog.

Ronald Matlock starts the engine of his newly purchased Chevy Astro. Matlock had to buy the vehicle after he accidentally drove his Chevy Suburban into the water this past weekend on his way to work.

"You think it's the street, but it's really not a street. It's a boat dock. By the time you realize what's going on, you end up going in the water," said Matlock.

It's a wrong turn that really shook Matlock up.

"It was like, I seen my whole life flashing before my face, because the doors wouldn't open, because the truck was in the water," said Matlock.

Matlock said being trapped in a car underneath the water was one of the scariest moments of his life, but all the adrenaline started his survival instincts to kick in.

"I climbed in the back seat and kicked the windows out. First the window didn't want to kick out, but I had to put enough pressure and the window finally broke," said Matlock.

Once Matlock made it out the car, he realized he couldn't swim.

"I just happened to have my phone so I called 911, and they came and got me," said Matlock.

He was rescued in just minutes, but now he's warning others of the dangers about driving in dense fog.

"You can't go fast in the fog, because you don't know what's in front of you. It could've been a little kid. I could've been another car, anything," said Matlock.

According to Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan, the lights at the Henderson Point Boat Launch were working during the time of the accident.

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