Teenage boy dives into a New York bay to save woman who drove her Subaru Outback into the water
Dramatic moment teenage hero, 17, dives into chilly New York bay to rescue 18-year-old who accidentally drove her SUV over a dock
- Anthony Zhongor, 17, dived into Patchogue Bay on June 14 to rescue Mia Samolinski, 18, after driving her Subaru Outback over the dock
- Samolinski was standing in a parking lot by the bay when she stepped on the gas instead of the brake
- Zhongor heard Samolinski attempt to break open the door of her SUV as bystanders watched
- The teenage hero was able to open the driver’s door and get Samolinski to safety
Chilling video footage shows a teen rescuing a woman struggling to get out of her car after accidentally driving it into Patchogue Bay, Long Island, on June 14.
Anthony Zhongor (17) saw 18-year-old Mia Samolinski drive her Subaru Outback into the water around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Samolinski was standing in a parking lot by the bay when she accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, Suffolk Police said in a press release.
Bystanders rushed to the crime scene after the SUV dived into the bay
Zhongor didn’t hesitate to jump into the bay and rescue the woman after realizing that no one else would intervene
“I just heard this huge splash and everyone ran to the dock… she banged on the door to break it… so I just jumped in,” Zhongor said. CBS New York†
Zhongor, a high school graduate and future US Marine, didn’t hesitate to dive into the water after realizing that the crowd watching the incident would not intervene.
The video shows the Zhongor diving into the water while other bystanders watched.
The teenage hero was able to open the driver’s side of the vehicle and get Samolinski to safety.
The 18-year-old woman’s father said all he cares about is that his daughter is safe and not that the vehicle is damaged
The woman’s father, Charlie Samolinski, met with Zhongor on Thursday to thank him for his heroic deeds.
“She’s here today because of him,” Charlie Samolinski told CBS New York. ‘A car can be replaced. Things can be replaced. My daughter? Irreplaceable.’
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old is ashamed of the accident but plans to thank Zhongor in person at a later date.