It occurred simply after 10 pm at Patchogue Bay, off South Ocean Avenue, in Patchogue.
Police say Mia Samolinski was driving a Subaru Outback within the parking zone when she stepped on the fuel pedal as a substitute of the brake and drove into the water.
An excellent Samaritan, Anthony Zhongor, witnessed the incident and dove into the water.
“She went fairly deep in there,” Zhongor stated. “She was banging on the door, banging on the window, attempting to interrupt the window, after all, and that form of received me nervous, scared for her, so I simply took my garments off and went into the water.”
He swam to the automobile, however with no time to spare, that they had to determine the right way to get Samolinski out of the automobile.
“The dive was fairly far as a result of it was proper there, as quickly as I appeared up, grabbed the door deal with,” he stated.
They each tried to unlock and open the door, however with no luck, he stated he needed to discover one other manner.
That is when he realized he may use his personal weight.
“My weight made the nostril of the automobile go deeper into the water, which helped the again get free,” he stated. “And and we opened the again up, and she or he was capable of escape by way of the again.”
They swam to shore collectively.
“She simply got here as much as me and stated, ‘Oh my God, thanks’ and was crying,” he stated. “It does not matter who it was, they have been struggling. I could not watch anyone endure in entrance of me.”
Samolinski’s father Charles met with Samolinski Wednesday.
“He jumped out of his automobile and jumped in, and due to that, my daughter is alive and and probably not harmed,” he stated. “It is a miracle.”
Samolinski and Zhongor, each of Patchogue, weren’t injured. It turned out they each attend Patchogue Medford Excessive College, however that they had no concept they have been classmates.
The automobile was pulled from the bay by a heavy responsibility wrecker.
Zhongor, who graduates subsequent week, lately joined the Marines and can head besides camp in South Carolina in September.
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