NY firefighters rescue man from submerged car
A rescue team put on wet suits and used cables to make their way out to the car, where the man was removed a few minutes later.
By Richard J. Bayne
The Times Herald-Record
WARWICK, N.Y. — A water rescue team from the Warwick Fire Department pulled a man from a car submerged in Wawayanda Creek near County Route 1 Saturday, town police said.
Town of Warwick police Lt. John Rader said the rescue team pulled a 28-year-old man from the Town of Warwick from the car shortly after noon. He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in the Village of Warwick, to be treated for what Rader described as life-threatening injuries. Rader said the man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family members, was the only person in the car when it went off the road and into the water.
Rader could not say how the car ended up in Wawayanda Creek or how long it had been in the water before the Warwick firefighters pulled the man from the vehicle. The rescue operation was conducted in the section of the town where County Route 1 intersects with West Street, near the Warwick Valley School District’s transportation installation.
Rader said a passer-by called authorities, reporting the submerged car, a 2006 Toyota Solara, at 11:43 a.m. The team from the Warwick Fire Co. put on wet suits and used cables to make their way out to the car, where the man was removed a few minutes after the team reached the submerged vehicle.
After the man was extricated from the car, Rader said, scuba teams from the Monroe Fire Co., the Cronomer Valley Fire Co. and state police searched underwater near the car. No one else was found as a result of that underwater search. The car was removed from the creek after the search was completed, Rader said.
Warwick police are asking anyone who can provide information about the accident to call them at 986-5000.
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