GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two huge boulders now block the opening in the fence at the Eastern Point Beach parking lot where a car jumped the curb, smashed through the fence, and landed in the water.
The 85 year old driver unable to get out as the car starts to sink.
“The water is in the car right now please hurry up,” says a caller on the Groton’s 911 emergency line.
“Can she open the door?” you hear another 911 caller ask the Good Samaritans. “Oh my god and like the water is getting even more rough.”
“By him holding the car there with the pipe that way preventing her from floating out more and then when he hooked the rope on the car while he was still in the water,” says Grton City Lt. Erick Jenkins. “He got in the water and hooked the car that helped the firemen and the officers keep it in.”
“As soon as we got her out it was a matter of a minute before the car sunk to the ground,” says Lt. Jenkins.
Quick actions by police, firefighters, and Good Samaritans – one in particular – have saved a life.
“What a brave man he was yes,” says Eleanor DiGiangi. “As I said cause there’s always someone around here.”
“In my 27 years it’s the first one I’ve had actually a car in the water with somebody stuck in it,” says Lt. Jenkins.
There was also a first for firefighters.
“It’s nice cause I think the fireman said it was the first time in his 15 years that when they got somebody out everybody clapped,” says Lt. Jenkins.