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October 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Seattle police rescue man from sinking car in Lake Washington

Two Seattle police officers are being credited with rescuing a man who was trapped in a sinking car after he had driven into Lake Washington early Monday morning.

Officers Dale Giese and Vanessa Flick went into the nearly 50-degree water with a Seattle firefighter just after midnight to get to the car that ended up about 50 feet from the shore, said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. Officers could hear someone inside the vehicle yelling and banging on the windows. The man was apparently trapped inside the sinking car.

When water pressure kept Giese from opening one of the car doors, he broke the passenger-side window with a flashlight, Whitcomb said. Giese yanked the victim out of the car, and with the help of the firefighter, they got the man to shore.

Flick broke out the driver’s side window and reached around the murky water to see if anyone else was trapped inside the vehicle, Whitcomb said.

Police said the car completely sank. It’s unclear how the vehicle ended up in Lake Washington.

The man inside the car was taken to Harborview Medical Center and has since been released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police Sgt. Marc Garth-Green, who supervises Flick and Giese, said there “is no doubt that if it had not been for their selfless quick actions the victim would have died,” according to a Seatrtle police news release.

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