An eagle-eyed Horsehead Bay resident came to the aid of a sinking driver Wednesday morning.
A 43-year-old woman veered off the road and drove into Horsehead Bay at around 10:30 a.m. She was dealing with a medical emergency and lost control of her car, said Nanette Tatom, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One spokesman.
A man who lives across the bay saw the car submerge and drove to the boat ramp. He waded into the water to pull the woman out of the sinking car, Tatom said. He told rescue workers the water had reached just below the car’s window when he pulled the woman out.
After she was removed from the silver Acura coupe, the car sank. First responders arrived to evaluate the woman and take her to the hospital.
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“It sounds like she’s going to be fine,” Tatom said.
The rescuer drove about a half mile to the submerged car. When he went to pull the driver out, she was awake but confused.
“She’s lucky he was paying attention,” Tatom said.