Elderly woman saved from sinking car in Groton

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — An elderly woman was saved when her car went into the water in Groton on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Groton City Police and Fire Departments were called to Eastern Point Beach for a report of a car in the water, with a person inside.

When police arrived to the scene, they found a blue Honda Civic had crashed through the metal fence, which separates the parking lot and the rocks leading to the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Thames River. Police say the car was partially submerged in the cold water and a Good Samaritan had gone into the water to try to rescue the driver.

Officers say the car was slowly drifting away. They got into the water and stabilized the car by a hook line from the Groton City Fire Department. When the car was secure, the officers, fire personnel, and civilian smashed the car windows, opened the door, and helped the elderly woman float out.

The woman was carried ashore and taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for observation. Police say she was conscious and alert.

Police say minutes after the woman was saved, the car completely sank into the water. Mohawk Northeast Inc. was called to the scene and removed the car with a crane.

Police say the incident remains under investigation.

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