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A dramatic rescue as Coast Guard members see an 89-year-old’s car go into Florida waters

Coast Guard rescues 89-year-old man from sinking car

Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Cutter Marlin rescued an 89-year-old man from a vehicle that went into the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, Florida on December 30, 2017. They saw a car go into the water and launched a boat crew to assist th
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Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Cutter Marlin rescued an 89-year-old man from a vehicle that went into the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, Florida on December 30, 2017. They saw a car go into the water and launched a boat crew to assist th

An 89-year-old man was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard members after his vehicle fell into the water near Panama City.

Members of the Coast Guard saw a vehicle go into the water at St. Andrews Marina around 12:45 p.m. Saturday and took off to help the man inside, according to a news release.

Two minutes later, the crew broke the vehicle’s window and pulled the man to safety.

The man was listed in stable condition.

“I am very pleased with the quick reaction of the crew,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Bucklin, the officer in charge of Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, which launched the rescue crew. “This is a perfect example of the training we put into our job. As soon as one of our crewmen witnessed the car enter the water, the entire crew fluidly reacted. 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.”

The crew was assisted by Panama City Emergency Medical Services, Panama City Police Department and the Panama City Fire Department.

Sara Nealeigh: 941-745-7081, @saranealeigh

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