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Dramatic pictures show cops smash window of sinking car to save woman

"At that time the car actually started to move very fast into the water. I was trying to hold the car, slowing it down from entering the water,"

These incredible pictures show the moment police officers smashed the window of a sinking car to save the terrified 63-year-old woman inside.

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Moments from death: Police smash their way into a woman’s sinking BMW with a rock and drag her to safety seconds before she runs out of air

The heart-stopping images were taken at a wharf in Auckland, New Zealand, today when the BMW rolled into the water.

The two police officers who saved her life believe she was only a minute away from drowning.

Constables Paul Watts and Simon Russell were called to Fisherman’s Wharf at Northcote Point about 3.15pm local time.

When they arrived it was already three-quarters submerged and two members of the public desperately trying to stop it slipping further in.

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Deadline: The officers estimate she was just one minute away from slipping under with the car

The woman in the car was distraught and had clambered into the back seat to get to an air pocket.

“When we entered the water, I was talking to one of the (members of the public) who was trying to balance the vehicle and he said he was looking for a rock to try and smash the window,” Mr Russell told the New Zealand Herald.

“I tried my baton which failed and then I tried looking on the ocean floor and when I went down I actually cut my hand.”

Mr Watts smashed the car’s rear windscreen with a large rock and Mr Russell dragged her from the car.

“At that time the car actually started to move very fast into the water. I was trying to hold the car, slowing it down from entering the water,” Mr Russell added.

Once Mr Watts cleared some of the glass at the rear end of the car, Mr Russell ran around to help him drag the woman from the car.

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Safe: The woman escaped her ordeal uninjured

“She was quite distressed,” Mr Watts said.

“It was pretty close, probably 30 or 40 seconds after we managed to get the female out of the car, the car was already slipping further into the water.

“I’d say she’d probably only had maximum probably another minute, minute-and-a-half if she hadn’t got out.”

The woman was taken to a hospital but did not suffer any injuries.

The incident is now being investigated.