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September 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Crowd helps save man after his car plunges into Lake Washington

A Seattle Police Department diver checks an older Cadillac in the waters of Lake Washington near the South Horton Street and Lake Washington Blvd. No injuries reported with all out safely. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

A crowd saved a 19-year-old man from drowning after his car plunged into Lake Washington Friday afternoon, according to witnesses.

While driving south on Lake Washington Boulevard South near Genesee Park at about 5 p.m., the driver apparently over-corrected his steering and drove over an embankment at about 30-40 mph, according to cyclist Ben Henwood, who the driver narrowly missed hitting.

“He went out about 50 feet into the lake. The hood burst up and he was trapped in a white Cadillac,” Henwood said.

Henwood then joined a group of about 20 people trying to figure out how to save him. Boaters came by the car, but couldn’t do anything. Eventually someone with a tow rope stopped and with help the line was attached to the Cadillac’s frame. The car was then slowly pulled back toward shore.

When the Cadillac reached within 20 feet of the beach, the driver was finally able to get out of his car. Henwood said the driver was shocked, but uninjured.

“He was definitely stunned,” Henwood said. “But everyone was obviously glad things turned out the way they did.”

Seattle Fire took him to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution, according to department spokesman Kyle Moore.

 

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