Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A group of athletes save a man from drowning after GPS leads them astray


A faulty GPS led a group of former athletes from Lake Mary High School near Orlando, Fla. to save a man's life around the holidays.

Hunter Haire, Zach Sawin, and four other friends were simply driving around looking for another friend's house on the evening of Dec. 15. The guys, who were all home from college for winter break, were led astray by the GPS and pulled over into a parking lot beside a lake to figure out a new route. It was then when Sawin spotted a car bobbing in the lake about 50 yards offshore with its headlights beaming off the water.

The following account of what happened next is simply remarkable. From the Orlando Sentinel:

"There was no time to think," said Haire, a freshman kicker on Wake Forest's football team. "I was the first one in the water. When I got to the car, the driver was still sitting there with his hands on the steering wheel. I got him to roll down the passenger window a little, then I was able to reach in and crank it all the way down."

By that time, Sawin, a freshman offensive lineman at Colgate, had reached the car, a gray 2008 Mazda. Haire climbed through the window because the water pressure wouldn't allow them to open the door, and he unhooked the seat belt.

Sawin reached in, grabbed driver Miguel Hernandez, 23, of Lake Mary by his shoulders and pulled him out. Haire and Sawin got him to the shore.

"It was like he [the driver] was in shock," Sawin said.

The four other friends, Mike D'Agostino, Kyle Swink, Dave Moore and Mark Lang, who also dove into the lake, checked the car to make sure nobody else was inside. Within less than a minute, the car sunk to the bottom, 10 to 15 feet below the surface.


Hernandez's brother, Manny, called the rescuers "exemplary young men in our society" after learning of the incident.

"It was pure coincidence that we were there when we were,'' Lang said. "Five minutes later, and the car would have sunk and the guy would have been dead."

As heroic as it may seem, Haire doesn't consider himself or his friends to be heroes.

"That's for everyone else to decide," Haire said. "As far as I'm concerned, we were just doing the right thing."

Via Orlando Sentinel

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