'Angel' braves freezing water to rescue motorist

A man described by witnesses as “an angel” jumped through the ice into a water-filled ditch Wednesday morning to rescue the driver of an over-turned car.
Becky Vargo
Jan 29, 2014

Fruitport Township Police said the man had already left the scene when they responded to the single-car rollover crash about 9:30 a.m. in the area of South Dangle Road and Ellis Road.

Other motorists at the scene said the car was under water in the ditch.

“The ditches along South Dangle Road are relatively deep, and water had collected in the ditch and frozen over,” said Detective Lt. Bruce Morningstar. “The vehicle had broken through the ice and was upside down.”

The “angel” used his body weight to break through the ice. He was in water up to his chest, witnesses told police.

He assisted the driver out of the car and over to another vehicle where he waited for police.

Morningstar said the driver was cold, but not injured.

Police said sunshine and slightly warmer air temperatures should not deceive drivers. Roads are still ice-covered and slippery.

“Drivers still need to be extremely cautious on the icy roads,” Morning star said. “Police are still reporting to crashes and slide-offs throughout the area.

“Although visibility conditions have improved, motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive with due care and caution,” Morningstar said.

Comments

couponcutter97

There are still good people in the world. I'm glad this young lady is ok and this "angel" was put in the right place at the right time!

DKS523

I love this quote from another news station "There was this guy who came barreling down the hill. He was up to his chest in water. He was asking if I was OK and if a bunch of water was coming in. He was trying to get the car open and he and another guy grabbed a shovel and they were digging out the passenger’s side rear door. They got it open and helped me out.”

Like Couponcutter97, I am so happy that there are still good people in the world!!!

Pandachick

I know the person(angel) who helped the girl get out of the car. He said there is a life in there and he was going to do what it takes to get her out with or without help. He is a hard working man in Spring Lake and always helps people out without a second thought
High five to you!!!!!!

Pandachick

I know the person(angel) who helped the girl get out of the car. He said there is a life in there and he was going to do what it takes to get her out with or without help. He is a hard working man in Spring Lake and always helps people out without a second thought
High five to you!!!!!!

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