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Good Samaritans Save Elderly Man From Submerged Car

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Bremerton, WA-A group of Good Samaritans jumped into action to save an an 88-year-old driver after he plunged his car into freezing water in Washington State.

Police say the man suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel and lost control of the vehicle.

What's amazing is that not one person involved in this rescue thinks what they did was heroic.

They say anyone would have jumped in to help.

Jim Deighan and his wife were working in their front yard, when they saw a car speeding down the street around 50 miles an hour, heading straight for the Sinclair Inlet.

“I just followed it, ran out, down the hill, I saw the car being submerged," Deighan said.

He told his wife to call 9-1-1, as he jumped into the water and started swimming.

That same moment, Jenson Charnell and Jon Watkins, were working on a boat nearby.

"We turned, saw the splash of the water, immediately punched our vessel towards it," Charnell said.

Watkins says everything happened so fast.

Watkins could see the driver behind the wheel, but he couldn't get the seat belt loose.

Luckily, Charnell had a knife.

"I went to get into the water, it wasn't even a thought, it was just a motion. It was just a matter of trying to get the knife to them as quick as possible and trying to get this gentleman free," Charnell said.

First responders showed up, and together they were able to get the driver out of the car and start performing CPR.

“I pressed on his chest and water just flowed out of his mouth,” Deighan said.

It appears the 88-year-old had a medical emergency, and lost control of his car. He's now in intensive care at the hospital.

"They said that he had drowned, and they were able to revive him, because the car was totally submerged and full of water,” the man’s daughter-in-law Sheryl Bell said.

She says although he still has a tough recovery ahead of him, the only reason he's alive is because so many people jumped into action.

"We think it's wonderful that strangers would want to come and help,” Bell said.

One of the police officers involved in the rescue agrees.

"I was impressed with the people who were there. Because I get paid to do this, they don't. They're the one that deserve the praise. They jumped in there, because they're good people," Bremerton Police Officer John Bogen said.

However, none of the Good Samaritans are comfortable with being called heroes.

"We were very happy to be of assistance, but we were just doing what I think anyone would choose to do,” Charnell said.

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