Coast Guard rescues man from sinking car

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January 1, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Coast Guard rescued an 89-year-old man from a vehicle that fell into the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City Saturday.

Members aboard Coast Guard Cutter Marlin reportedly observed a car go into the water around 12:45 p.m. and launched a boat crew to help the driver.

Officials say the boat crew broke the car’s window and pulled the man from the vehicle. The man was taken to shore in stable condition.

"We are extremely grateful that we happened to be at the marina at the right time to put our boat crew in position to save the life of the driver trapped inside," said Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Bucklin, the officer in charge of Coast Guard Cutter Marlin.

Panama City Police Department Lieutenant Dave Blaich said the man may have experienced a medical issue, causing the car to roll off the pier and into the water. Lieutenant Blaich said police do not believe the man was driving at full speed.

Lieutenant Blaich said the man was not injured, but was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Panama City Emergency Medical Services and the Panama City Fire Department assisted in the rescue.

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