Police Praise Boat Crew's Help in Rescue of Woman From Submerged Car

Police in Gloucester City, New Jersey, praised three “good Samaritans” who brought a boat to help officers save a woman whose car had plunged into the Delaware River on April 28.

Bodycam footage released by the department shows a car upside down in the water. Officers Sean Gartland and John Bryszewski Jr and Sergeant Carlos Depoder were on the scene to get the woman out, police said.

Police also thanked three mariners who brought a boat over to help get the woman to dry land. Michael Natrin, Stratis Tiniakos, and Gene Blemmings, who were nearby working on a barge, got into a small vessel to help, transporting the driver and the officers to a floating dock, police said.

“Without their help, we would not have been able to remove the female from the water in such an expeditious manner and render life-saving treatment,” a statement said.

The woman was in critical condition at a nearby hospital, police told ABC6. Credit: Gloucester City Police Department via Storyful

Video transcript


- Oh my god.

- How deep is it, Sean?

- I don't know how deep.

- Sasha, put a rush on everybody. The whole top of the car is submerged. Dude, I don't know. It might be too deep for you?

- What do you mean?

- Car's upside down. The whole top is submerged.

- I got you. OK.

- A female.

- There's is somebody in there?

- That's what they said.

- Is she all right? Is she out?

- No, they said she's in there. Over here. We got it.

Go towards the wall. Hold that.

- To the tires?

- Dude, I don't know how deep it is, kid.

- Can we lower?

- Are you going right for that log?

- Going right for that log.

- Let's go. Come on. Jimmy. Get on this side. Jimmy. Or on Sean. I got you. I got you.

- Don't let him go.

- Do you have something to break the window with?

- Is anybody else going down there?

- They don't have anything to break the window with?

- Hang on.

- Yeah. We got a rope here.

- You got rope?

- Chain.

- Let's get this geared up.

- Watch out. Move back. Move back. Move back.

- Somebody going in there?

- I'm going in.

- No. No. No.

- Sean.

- Come on. Get her out, man.

- Around this pole.

- He's all right.

- You can't jump, dude. Listen.

- Watch out. Watch out. Watch.

- All right. Everybody relax.

- We will lower you. I'm telling you.

- You're about-- you're about. There you go.

- Are you sure there's a person in there?

- There has to be.

- Is she in the back--

- Who saw the person in the car?

- It's my girlfriend.

- All right. All right. We got it. We got it.

- Is she in the back seat? Is she breathing air up top?

- Come on, Carl.

- You got it. You got it. You got it.

- Get her out.

- Yo, go towards the wall. You can't reach.

- Go towards the wall. Towards the wall.

- You can't reach. Everybody, get out of the way. She's by herself. She's by herself.

- Hold her head back.

- She's breathing.

- There she is. All right.

- She's breathing.

- Yo, everybody not involved, get out of the way. Besides our good civilians over here.

- Want to check on that roof. So what we got.

- [INAUDIBLE], wake up. Come on.

- Hold that for me, bud.

- OK. Listen. When you put these on the wrist, you got to hold them up.

- Thank you.

- One on each wrist. You're the one who can get it off.

- Do we have a board or anything to get her out of the water?

- Where's our MD at?

- I have no idea.

- They're on their way.

- Yo, you got a good Samaritan boat here. That's about all we got.


- Yo. Where are they taking her? First off, get her out of the water.

- We got to get her to the dock. We're going to dock. And then we'll get [INAUDIBLE].

- Over there?

- 1, 2, 3.

- Yo.

- Get her on the boat. Let's go. Let's go. Let's go.

- Right by Freedom Pier.

- Yo, other side of this dock. Other side of this dock. Yes. Go.

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