Good Samaritans Help Rescue Couple From Sinking Car


An elderly couple was rescued from a sinking car, thanks to good Samaritans who rushed to help. Joseph Abitabile, 78, was behind the wheel when another car crashed into them, sending their car careening into a Long Island, New York, canal. But seven people, including two police officers, jumped into the water to get Joseph and his 76-year-old wife, Delores, out safely.

“I saw the car is going slowly, slowly down. I said “oh my god this guy … they’re gonna die. I have to do something,’” recalls one of the bystanders turned rescuers, Mustafa Tosun. “I said, ‘I don’t care, I have to jump in the water, I have to save this life.”

The group was successful in freeing the Abitabiles from the car and they were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police report.

Source: NBC New York