Amputee lifeguard frees 68-year-old driver from sinking car
A lifeguard with only one leg jumped into the water to save a 68-year-old driver stuck inside a sinking car in New Jersey, United States.
The SUV plunged into the water off of the Hudson County Park on Nov. 10, as per the Jersey Journal last Thursday, Nov. 12.
While most bystanders stood in shock over the incident, Anthony Capuano and his friend Marcelino Cruz immediately sprang into action. The 29-year-old lifeguard removed his prosthetic leg before jumping into the water to free the driver.
When the two men reached the elderly driver named Joseph Kadian, Capuano quickly grabbed him and pulled him out of the vehicle.
“It was crazy because I got him out in the last second,” he said in the report.
“It was that moment when a car goes into a body of water where all the air releases and then the car sinks,” Capuano added. “That’s basically when I pulled him out.”
After freeing Kadian, Capuano and Cruz eventually managed to bring him back on solid ground. Authorities later discovered that Kadian was attempting to pull over to answer a call when he lost control.
Kadian accelerated into the bay after accidentally placing his foot on the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, as per report. While the car damaged the park fences and rails, Kadian appeared to sustain no injuries. He was quickly released after undergoing a medical evacuation at the park.
Capuano was only 17 years old when he lost his leg in an accident back in 2009. Ryan Arcadio/JB
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