A team of officers and firefighters with the help of a household ladder rescued two men from a car after it drove into Broad Channel waterway in Island Park, Nassau police said.
Police did not identify the driver, 24, who was sitting on top of the partly submerged car when rescued. The passenger, 28, also not named, was trapped inside with multiple leg fractures, police said.
The driver was taken to a hospital by the Island Park Fire Department for evaluation after sustaining abrasions, police said. The passenger was flown by the Nassau police aviation bureau to a hospital for treatment.
Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, the 2002 Audi sedan traveling on Warwick Boulevard and Block Lane left the roadway. The sedan struck shrubbery and plowed through a fence between two houses and continuing into Broad Channel, police said.
Officers from Nassau’s Fourth Precinct Officers responded to the scene and found the Audi with the two men inside about 50 feet from the bulkhead in six feet of water, police said. The driver managed to crawl out and was on top of the car when officers arrived. The passenger couldn’t get out, police said.
Two officers quickly got a 20-foot ladder from a home on Block Lane and laid it on the vehicle’s trunk and the floating dock.
An officer carefully crawled over the ladder to the submerging vehicle, while three other officers held it in place, police said. The officer was able to reach the driver, pull him onto the ladder and help him to land.
Afterward, the officer and Island Park firefighters, now on top of the sinking vehicle, held the passenger’s head above water so he would not drown, police said.
Detectives said they do not believe criminality was involved.