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* Following the airing of the above ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' episode, a truck driver wrote in to explain how it saved his life; he had a seizure as he was driving across a bridge and came to when he was already in the lake. Remembering what they said about keeping calm and waiting for the car to fill up, he opened the air vents to quicken the process and kept enough of a level head to wait for the point where he could open the door and swim to safety.


* ''Series/MythBusters'' Episodes 72: Underwater Car & 155: Inverted Underwater Car both experimented with this trope.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'' Episodes 72: Underwater Car & 155: Inverted Underwater Car both experimented with this trope. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle The main takeaways]]:
** If you react quickly enough to open the door while your car is still sinking, you can escape easily before the water pressure on the door traps you.
** If you're already too deep in, commercial window-breaking tools will work exactly as advertised to get you out.
** If you don't have such a tool, try to keep as calm as possible--eventually the pressure will even out as the car fills with water, and you'll be able to open the door and swim away; but you have to not run out of oxygen beforehand, which is harder if you panic (and even harder if you futily try to open doors and windows prematurely).
** If the car inverts as it's sinking, all of the above becomes a lot more complicated.

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** A variation in ''Film/NoTimeToDie'', where Bond and Felix Leiter are left to die on a sinking cargo ship by a traitorous CIA agent. [[spoiler: Bond escapes, Leiter, having also been shot by the agent, doesn't]].

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* An airplane version in ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' is how Diana meets Steve Trevor, after the stolen biplane he's flying crashes into the sea off Themyscira. The biplane breaks up around him, but Steve's legs are trapped by the steering column, and he's drowning when Diana dives into the water and [[SuperStrength effortlessly pulls the column free]].


* Mac on ''{{Series/CSINY}}'' in the season 5 pilot. A hostage-taker kidnapped him and the guy abandoned Mac and the car in the river. Naturally, Mac escapes.

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Mac on ''{{Series/CSINY}}'' in the season 5 pilot. A hostage-taker kidnapped him and the guy abandoned Mac and the car in the river. Naturally, Mac escapes.escapes.
** In season 7's 'Party Down,' a killer locks 20 party goers in the back of a semi truck and deliberately drives it into the Hudson. Fortunately only four people drown.


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* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Bond had to escape one of these in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. He is able to open the car door once the cabin is flooded with water. Bond then realizes that he cannot surface immediately because the baddies are waiting ashore, so he opens the wheel valve and inhales the out-rushing air.
** Invoked in ''Film/LicenceToKill''. While in custody, villain Franz Sanchez offers $2 million to anyone willing to help him escape. Naturally, some baddies jump at the call. As Sanchez is being transported across a bridge, the armoured truck is forced into the water where scuba divers rescue him from the back of the truck.



* In ''Film/BlowOut'', a car tire gets shot which sends the car into a river. The hero observes the accident and dives in to save the female lead who almost drowns.



* ''Film/CarnivalOfSouls'': The movie opens with a car driving off a bridge during a drag race. One of the car's three passengers -- our protagonist -- manages to survive but she doesn't know how or why. [[spoiler:Turns out she didn't.]]



* Nemo Nobody's car in ''Film/MrNobody'' loses control and falls into the bottom of a river after a bird crashed against the windshield.



* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Bond had to escape one of these in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. He is able to open the car door once the cabin is flooded with water. Bond then realizes that he cannot surface immediately because the baddies are waiting ashore, so he opens the wheel valve and inhales the out-rushing air.
** Invoked in ''Film/LicenceToKill''. While in custody, villain Franz Sanchez offers $2 million to anyone willing to help him escape. Naturally, some baddies jump at the call. As Sanchez is being transported across a bridge, the armoured truck is forced into the water where scuba divers rescue him from the back of the truck.



* Nemo Nobody's car in ''Film/MrNobody'' loses control and falls into the bottom of a river after a bird crashed against the windshield.



* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', a young Clark Kent saves a bus of his classmates from meeting a watery fate despite the wishes of his adopted father to remain incognito.

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* ** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', a young Clark Kent saves a bus of his classmates from meeting a watery fate despite the wishes of his adopted father to remain incognito.



* In ''Film/TerminatorDarkFate'', Sarah and Dani are trapped in a Humvee that has dropped into a reservoir. The pressure issue gets resolved by the pursuing terminator using his superpowers to rip out one of the doors. Sarah ejects a parachute onto him which gives her and Dani a chance to exit the car and surface.



* In ''Film/BlowOut'', a car tire gets shot which sends the car into a river. The hero observes the accident and dives in to save the female lead who almost drowns.
* ''Film/CarnivalOfSouls'': The movie opens with a car driving off a bridge during a drag race. One of the car's three passengers -- our protagonist -- manages to survive but she doesn't know how or why. [[spoiler:Turns out she didn't.]]
* In ''Film/TerminatorDarkFate'', Sarah and Dani are trapped in a Humvee that has dropped into a reservoir. The pressure issue gets resolved by the pursuing terminator using his superpowers to rip out one of the doors. Sarah ejects a parachute onto him which gives her and Dani a chance to exit the car and surface.



* At the climax of Mildred D. Taylor's ''Mississippi Bridge'', a commuter bus skids out and crashes off a bridge and into a rain-swollen river. A HeroicBystander jumps in to try and assist any survivors, but by the time he's able to get into the bus, he finds only bodies.



* At the climax of Mildred D. Taylor's ''Mississippi Bridge'', a commuter bus skids out and crashes off a bridge and into a rain-swollen river. A HeroicBystander jumps in to try and assist any survivors, but by the time he's able to get into the bus, he finds only bodies.



* ''VideoGame/Battlefield4'' starts its campaign mode early on with one of the player's platoon members' death by him being trapped in a car, unable to flee.
* The fate of Devin Westin in ending C of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. Trevor, Michael, and Franklin lock him in the trunk of one of his luxury cars and push it off a cliff into the ocean. [[EveryCarIsAPinto And then the car explodes]].



* The fate of Devin Westin in ending C of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. Trevor, Michael, and Franklin lock him in the trunk of one of his luxury cars and push it off a cliff into the ocean. [[EveryCarIsAPinto And then the car explodes]].
* ''VideoGame/Battlefield4'' starts its campaign mode early on with one of the player's platoon members' death by him being trapped in a car, unable to flee.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Dream", Gumball is so mad about a dream he had where Darwin kisses his crush Penny that he and Darwin travel through their dreams to stop the kiss from happening. One of the dreams they visit has them both stuck in a car sinking in water for what's apparently been the past five days, with Darwin getting so hungry within that time that he's taken a bite out of Gumball's arm. When Darwin turns on the car's air conditioning, it drenches him and Gumball in a strange liquid that takes them to the dream they were looking for.
* Happens towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" when [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] guest character Eric loses control of his car and crashes it into a lake -- with himself and Jedda trapped inside. Luckily, Rick and LJ rescue them and the experience convinces Eric that he needs to quit drinking.



* Happens towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" when [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] guest character Eric loses control of his car and crashes it into a lake -- with himself and Jedda trapped inside. Luckily, Rick and LJ rescue them and the experience convinces Eric that he needs to quit drinking.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Dream", Gumball is so mad about a dream he had where Darwin kisses his crush Penny that he and Darwin travel through their dreams to stop the kiss from happening. One of the dreams they visit has them both stuck in a car sinking in water for what's apparently been the past five days, with Darwin getting so hungry within that time that he's taken a bite out of Gumball's arm. When Darwin turns on the car's air conditioning, it drenches him and Gumball in a strange liquid that takes them to the dream they were looking for.

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* ''Anime/{{ODDTAXI}}''
** Odokawa has nightmares about drowning in a car, [[spoiler: which turn out to be flashbacks to a childhood incident in which his mother tried to kill the whole family by driving their car into the ocean.]]
** In the final epsiode, [[spoiler: Odokawa drives his taxi off a bridge and plunges into the water, where he lies, passively, seemingly accepting his death as it fills up with water, until Shirokawa dives in to save him, breaking the car window and carrying him out.]]


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* In the climax of Chapter 1 of ''VisualNovel/{{Psycholonials}}'', Z. drives a [[spoiler: stolen, evidence-covered police]] car off a pier. Unlike most examples, the underwater portion isn't shown and she escapes easily with little explanation.
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* In TheRemake of ''Series/TheFugitive'', Lieutenant Gerard is plagued by nightmares of failing to rescue a woman in this situation. [[note]] We eventually learn that the woman was his first wife (they were run off the road by a DrunkDriver) and it becomes obvious that the reason he's so obsessed with capturing Richard Kimble is his rage that Kimble would destroy what he would give anything to have fact. Plus the fact that the guy got off easy thanks to an AmoralAttorney, leaving him extra angry at those who evade justice. Too bad Kimble's ''innocent''. . .[[/note]]

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* In TheRemake of ''Series/TheFugitive'', Lieutenant Gerard is plagued by nightmares of failing to rescue a woman in this situation. [[note]] We eventually learn that the woman was his first wife (they were run off the road by a DrunkDriver) and it becomes obvious that the reason he's so obsessed with capturing Richard Kimble is his rage that Kimble would destroy what he would give anything to have fact.back. Plus the fact that the guy got off easy thanks to an AmoralAttorney, leaving him extra angry at those who evade justice. Too bad Kimble's ''innocent''. . .[[/note]]


** "The Ghost Of the General Lee": In this second-season episode, Rosco pursues the General Lee unknown to him, driven by a couple of hicks who had stolen the car while owners Bo and Luke were skinny-dipping in a nearby pond before the car thieves drive the car into a lake. The thieves escape unharmed and, while hiding behind some tall weeds, laugh hysterically as Rosco and Enos search frantically for the Duke boys. Of course, Bo and Luke were unharmed, but Rosco and Enos presume the two Duke boys have drowned when all Enos can find is their clothes inside the submerged General Lee.

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** "The Ghost Of of the General Lee": In this second-season episode, Rosco pursues the General Lee unknown to him, driven by a couple of hicks who had stolen the car while owners Bo and Luke were skinny-dipping in a nearby pond before the car thieves drive the car into a lake. The thieves escape unharmed and, while hiding behind some tall weeds, laugh hysterically as Rosco and Enos search frantically for the Duke boys. Of course, Bo and Luke were unharmed, but Rosco and Enos presume the two Duke boys have drowned when all Enos can find is their clothes inside the submerged General Lee.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': While multiple episodes saw various characters most often, Rosco, while chasing Bo and Luke crash their cars into waterways, there was no risk of death as they'd always escape unscathed ... well, soaking wet, but otherwise unharmed. There were, however, a few episodes where things didn't end up so good (or at least once, as thought by some characters):
** "The Ghost Of the General Lee": In this second-season episode, Rosco pursues the General Lee unknown to him, driven by a couple of hicks who had stolen the car while owners Bo and Luke were skinny-dipping in a nearby pond before the car thieves drive the car into a lake. The thieves escape unharmed and, while hiding behind some tall weeds, laugh hysterically as Rosco and Enos search frantically for the Duke boys. Of course, Bo and Luke were unharmed, but Rosco and Enos presume the two Duke boys have drowned when all Enos can find is their clothes inside the submerged General Lee.
** "Brotherly Love": From the sixth season, the climax of the episode sees a professional gambler kidnap Luke's brother, Jud (after the gambler had lost a large amount of money after Jud refused to throw a fight). While fleeing Rosco and the Duke boys, the driver of the gambler's car loses control on a sharp curve and drives into a deep lake. This leads to a very suspenseful scene where Bo and Luke risk their lives to rescue successfully, as it turned out Jud and the bad guys. This leads narrator Waylon Jennings to remark on the irony of the situation: The gambler lost a lot because of a Duke, but had the one thing that mattered saved (his life) because of another Duke.


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* Nemo Nobody's car in ''Film/MrNobody'' loses control and falls into the bottom of a lake after a bird crashed against the windshield.

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* Nemo Nobody's car in ''Film/MrNobody'' loses control and falls into the bottom of a lake river after a bird crashed against the windshield.

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* Nemo Nobody's car in ''Film/MrNobody'' loses control and falls into the bottom of a lake after a bird crashed against the windshield.


Want to show a character struggle for survival in a dangerous DrowningPit situation that is easy to set up? Look no further, simply have the victim trapped in a car shooting off a cliff or bridge straight into a large body of water below. Often preceded by [[VehicularSabotage malfunctioning brakes]], [[PopTheTires blown tires]], an [[DeadfootLeadfoot incapacitated driver]] or the car [[VehicularAssault being rammed off]] by another vehicle.\\

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Want to show a character struggle for survival in a dangerous DrowningPit situation that is easy to set up? Look no further, simply have the victim trapped in a car shooting off a cliff or bridge straight into a large body of water below. Often preceded by [[VehicularSabotage malfunctioning brakes]], [[PopTheTires blown tires]], an [[DeadfootLeadfoot incapacitated driver]] or the car [[VehicularAssault being rammed off]] by another vehicle.\\
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