Driver rescued from car quickly sinking into icy pond

Driver rescued from car quickly sinking into icy pond

(Ricci Ruschioni, Winchendon Fire Department via AP)

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WINCHENDON, Mass. (AP) — A driver whose car plunged into an icy Massachusetts pond has been rescued from the frigid water.

The Winchendon Fire Department says a man was plowing a parking lot in the town on Sunday morning when he saw the car leave a roadway and enter Hunts Pond. The man called 911, telling dispatchers the car was still in the water with the driver inside.

The fire department says the driver extricated himself and sat on the roof of the car, which was in about 8 to 10 feet (2.5 to 3 meters) of water.

A fire lieutenant threw a rope to the driver as the car was quickly sinking.

The man was instructed to tie the rope around himself before crews pulled him safely to shore. He was unhurt.


This story has been corrected to show the rescue was in the morning, not the afternoon.

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