Local mechanic, Mustafa Tosun, heard a crash this afternoon on Montauk Highway near Venetian Promenade and ran over only to see a vehicle with a couple inside sinking into a canal.
Tosun jumped into action, literally, to save the elderly man and woman from certain death. He entered the water and worked to pull the man from the vehicle as others were attempting to break a window to access the woman.
She was still inside the vehicle as it became submerged and spent some time under water. Civilians and police were able to pull her from the vehicle and began CPR at the scene. Amazingly her vital signs were restored and the pair, both in their 70s, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment. Both are expected to recover.
It appears this all started after a minor accident at the corner led to an elderly male driver backing up onto Montauk Highway where it clipped the victims’ vehicle, sending them over a guard rail, through a fence and into the water.
Witnesses at Great Bay Marine say a group of people immediately gathered, some of which got into the water and helped out. Even a man involved in the crash helped pull the victims from the canal.
A source says the elderly driver involved in the original accident was driving with a suspended license. He and the driver in the initial accident were uninjured.
The car was removed from the water using divers from Suffolk Police’s Marine Bureau and a heavy duty tow truck.