An elderly Florida man is likely thanking his lucky stars after the U.S. Coast Guard saved his life.
Witnesses caught the harrowing scene after a man accidentally plunged his car into the ocean off the Florida coast, the Daily Mail reported.
The 89-year-old man’s car rolled into the St Andrews Marina in Penman City on Saturday where crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Merlin happened to be watching.
It didn’t take long before the car began to submerge, fortunately the Coast Guard was able to get to the man in time, and pull him from the car window.
Onlookers cheered as the man was dragged onto the patrol boat.
The Panama City Police Department said the driver may have suffered a medical issue before his car plunged into the ocean, but did not give the Mail details.
“I am very pleased with the quick reaction of the crew,” Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Bucklin, who is in charge of the Cutter Marlin, told the Maritime Executive.
“This is a perfect example of the training we put into our job. As soon as one of our crewmen witnessed the car enter the water, the entire crew fluidly reacted.
“We are extremely grateful that we happened to be at the marina at the right time.”
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