Ukrainian man who recently arrived in America helps driver who launched car into Freeport marina

Vlodoymyr Zubko told News 12 that he “heard some noise” and then saw the car in the water. He said he decided to jump in and police helped him pull the driver to safety.

Cecilia Dowd

Sep 19, 2023, 4:20 PM

Updated 215 days ago

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A car plunged into a Freeport canal Tuesday morning - and thanks to the heroic efforts of a man who arrived in the U.S. from Ukraine four days ago - the driver is alive.
VIDEO FROM POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE:
Authorities believe the male driver was likely going at a high rate of speed when he drove over a bulkhead and a boat and landed in the water.
It happened near Gordon Place.
Volodymyr Zubko, who’s visiting from Ukraine for a month and staying in Freeport, said he heard a noise and went to see what was happening.
He said he saw one leg, then another leg and decided to jump in. He said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.
Members of the Freeport Fire Department helped with the rescue. Authorities say the driver of the car is in critical condition.
BODY CAM FOOTAGE OF RESCUE:
Initially, first responders were told there was a second person in the vehicle, so local fire departments sent divers in the water.
It turned out that the driver was alone.
 


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