Although he admits he is “lucky to be alive” after being trapped in a submerged car during the severe flooding in Colorado September 12, 2013, Roy Ortiz filed his intent to sue the county of Boulder and his rescuers for a tentative $500,000 as a "preservative" measure.
According to a report by ABC News, Ortiz became trapped after his car plunged into a creek after hitting a washed-out road and then plunged into a creek. Although he managed to find a small pocket of air in the back of the vehicle, he waited two hours before he was found, and has since suffered physically as well as emotionally from the ordeal. It was also noted that he has accumulated more than $40,000 in medical bills since then.
In a statement from his attorney, Ed Ferszt, “the county should have closed the road during floods in September. In addition, Mr Ortiz is including the first responders in the suit because they did not realize he was trapped in the car until they prepared to lift it out of the water. He was not seen or it was assumed no one could have survived it," continued Ferszt "No one discerned he was there."
In the meantime, Boulder Deputy County attorney stated that local officials are investigating the Ortiz's claim.