Good Samaritans risked their lives to save a woman after witnessing her car sinking in a river in Willimantic, Connecticut. According to reports, Jim Preston and Manny Gonzalez lifted the woman out of the car and brought her out of the river by forming a type of human chain to implement the rescue. Later, firefighters completed the rescue and took the woman to a hospital. Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener reported on Facebook that the accident took place when the woman was troubleshooting an issue relating to her car’s accelerator in a park close to the river. Due to rapid acceleration, she was flung into the river.
CBN News reports:
Good Samaritans who witnessed a car sinking Monday in a river in Willimantic, Connecticut, jumped into action and risked their lives to help pull a woman to safety.
Jim Preston and Manny Gonzalez lifted the female victim out of the car and helped usher her out of the river channel, WTNH-TV reported.
The two formed a human chain of sorts to help make the rescue possible.
“Manny took off his shoes and reached over to the lady and grabbed her by the hand, and I grabbed Manny by the back of his pants and held on to him,” Preston told the outlet. “And we got her up to where she could get up enough where I could get her hand also, and we pulled her up out of the sunroof.”
From there, he said they slid the woman over the car and then “picked her up” and helped get her situated on top of a rock.
That’s when Willimantic firefighters brought in a ladder and ropes to help complete the rescue before transporting the victim to a hospital for evaluation.
Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener said in a Facebook post the accident unfolded after the woman was reportedly in a nearby parking lot troubleshooting an accelerator issue with her vehicle.
“One way or another, she rapidly accelerated and launched into the river — apparently unseen,” Scrivener wrote. “A patron came out of the El Guanajuato restaurant, heard her yells for help, and noticed her in the river. The patron re-entered the restaurant asking for help.”
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