A 17-year-old boy who reportedly plans to become a Marine after he graduates high school is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a woman whose car plunged into a body of water.
What are the details?
According to a report from Today, the woman — identified as 18-year-old Mia Samolinski — inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brake pedal in her car, sending her plunging into the Patchogue Bay in Long Island, New York, on Tuesday night.
The teen, Anthony Zhongor, witnessed the accident and immediately jumped into the water to pull Samolinski to safety.
Of the rescue, Anthony said, “I heard a huge splash and saw everyone running toward the dock. I don’t know what happened. She was trying to open the door, first. She couldn’t get the door open and started banging on the window.” He added, “Dying, being stuck is one of my worst fears, so I couldn’t imagine someone going through that right in front of me.”
Samolinski’s father, Charles, praised the teen for his brave actions. “Thank God somebody was here and wasn’t staring into their phone and did what needed to be done. If he wasn’t there, who knows where we’d be standing right now.”
In a statement on the incident, the Suffolk County Police Department said that Samolinski was driving her Subaru Outback when she accidentally drove into the water at around 10:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Neither Samolinski nor Zhongor was injured as a result of the accident.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Christian Erazo told Breitbart News that Zhongor’s actions exemplify what it means to be a U.S. Marine.
“A fantastic individual. He has the qualities and traits of a leader, a hero,” Erazo said.
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